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ICQ Press Release

We acknowledge that there is a difference in opinion among Islamic theological scholars as to the permissibility of wishing Happy Christmas within the tenets of the Islamic faith. A number of respected scholars, including classical scholars, are of the view that it is not permissible to wish someone Happy Christmas as it may compromise ones own faith and beliefs.

Muslims who support and abide by this opinion are not opposed to Christians and/or others celebrating Christmas. This opinion does not make such Muslims extremists. Like some Christian sects and people who do not follow a particular faith, these Muslims typically replace the word “Christmas” with “Festive Season” or “holidays” when wishing others well. We believe this is a right of every citizen in our country and should be protected under the freedoms of speech and religion. The statements quoted in Couriermail article were a result of miscommunication and do not reflect the opinion of Ali Kadri or Islamic Council of Queensland.

The Islamic Council of QLD’s official position on wishing ‘Happy Christmas’ remains unchanged. ICQ’s adopted position was adopted after consultation with Council of Imams and our members. This position is supported by many local and international scholars. We do not consider wishing merry Christmas as compromising our faith.

We acknowledge that Islamic jurisprudence allows for differences of opinions amongst scholars. We urge the broader Muslim community to respect such differences and refrain from passing judgement.

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Ali Kadri – 0430 029 718

 

 

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Yasmin Khan (left) moderated a session on Understanding Islam at the annual Woodforde Folk Festival yesterday (Saturday) with Imam Zainadine Johnson, Faiza El-Higzi, Halim Rane and Sandy McCuthcheon.

 

The theme of the discussion was given that much of Western culture was derived from the Abrahamic religions and traditions, why were some core Islamic values seemed at odds with the contemporary materialistic world. Had the West dropped some of the values that were once shared?

 

 

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A lunch was held at Logan Mosque for Brigadier General Saadalah Hamad (8th from right) of the Lebanese Army who was visiting Australia

 

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Dean Andreas Loewe, flanked by Islamic Council of Victoria president Mohamed Mohideen, speaks to the media outside St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne on Christmas Eve

Crowds have packed out Melbourne’s St Paul’s Cathedral despite it being the target of an alleged Christmas Day bombing plot.

Crowded services on Christmas Eve ended up as multi-faith celebrations, Loewe said. “Three imams came through the course of the night, which was certainly a new experience for us,” he said. “To have actual leaders of Islam with us in solidarity was wonderful.”

The president of the Islamic Council of Victoria, Mohamed Mohideen, was at a Saturday afternoon service and called for the community to be united and work towards peace. “There is a diverse community [in Victoria], we live together, we live in harmony, and we live for the betterment of Australia,” Mohideen said.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews calls foiled plot ‘an evil, criminal act’ but declines to comment on whether it was religiously motivated.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has declined to label the alleged terror plot as religiously motivated, saying it was an evil, criminal act and “nothing more and nothing less”.

“What was planned here, what it will be alleged was going to occur if not for the professionalism and hard work of our police, were not acts of faith,’’ Mr Andrews said at a press conference announcing the raids that foiled the alleged plot yesterday.

“They were in their planning acts of evil. It will be alleged (they were) criminal acts, crimes … nothing more, nothing less.

“All of us, particularly at this special time of the year, should remember that and understand that. Our values, our multiculturalism, our diversity is a great strength, perhaps our greatest strength.

“We should always remember that, even when confronted by these sorts of challenges.”

 

The Premier came under fire from One Nation leader and anti-Islam campaigner Pauline Hanson, who attacked him for failing to reference the alleged offenders’ faith. “I was disgusted by Premier Andrews. After the terrorists were foiled he should have said what this truly was, an act of evil faith,’’ she said.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy also avoided making a religious link to the alleged plot in a statement that condemned “extremism”. “We as a community need to always be aware that there are people who aim to attack our way of life, particularly on days of national and religious significance,” he said. “Extremism simply has no place in our society.”


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In recent years, Islam has been thrust into world spotlight for a number of reasons – starting with 9/11 and ISIS to anti-refugee sentiments in Europe and a certain US Presidential candidate’s anti-Muslim campaigns. In this hullabaloo, we have forgotten that some of the coolest famous people we look up to – from Muhammad Ali to Zayn Malik and Aziz Ansari – are all Muslims. Would you believe it if we told you there were many more Muslims in the celeb world?

 

This week's celebrity

Mos Def

 


Now known as Yasiin Bey but more recognized by his previous stage name Mos Def, the hip hop artist, activist and comedian was introduced to Islam by his father Abdul Rahman. He is said to recite the Shahadah, one of the Five Pillars of Islam bearing witness that Allah is the only true god. Mos Def has spoken about the discrimination of Muslims in the United States and believes that there’s more to the 9/11 terror attack than meets the eye.

 

 

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An engaging conversation between a Christian Pastor and a Muslim Imam, "Out of Context" is a 14 part Interview series answers pressing questions about Islam and gives valuable insight into the spirit of the faith.

In Part 14 of the interview, Shaykh Omar takes questions from the audience. When it comes to condemning acts of terrorism like San Bernardino for instance, every mosque and pulpit spoke against it, says Sheikh Omar Suleiman. But we must call out the implied racism in the expectation itself. When Dylann Roof shot worshippers in a black church, or when a white supremacist bombs an abortion clinic in the name of Christianity, do we expect all white Christian Americans to condemn it or else accuse them of complicity? As a Muslims we're not responsible for such atrocities, we're just as hurt by them. Hundreds of Muslims died in 9/11 too. We reject the collective guilt and condemn such acts not because we believe we’re guilty, but to distance ourselves and teach our congregation. But at the end of the day the media chooses what to cover and how to cover it. Muslims are in fact the greatest victims of ISIS which is why ironically public figures receive death threats from both ISIS and the Islamophobes. Extremists always synchronize.
 

 

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A memo to the president-elect about the people he fears. BY LAWRENCE PINTAK

An Idiot’s Guide to Islam in America 

ARGUMENT

Islam hates us.” That was a recurring theme of your campaign, Mr. President-elect.

And who can blame you? After all, your top advisors on Muslim affairs — Ann Coulter, Frank Gaffney, and Walid Phares — are card-carrying Islamophobes. Your incoming national security advisor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, wants Muslim leaders to “declare their Islamic ideology sick,” and your special advisor, Steve Bannon, has been accused of using his Breitbart News Daily radio show to instigate “fear and loathing of Muslims in America.”

But now that you’ve announced it’s time for America to “bind the wounds of division,” it might be useful for you to learn a little bit more about one of the most alienated segments of the nation you now lead: American citizens who also happen to be Muslims.

I get that you’re worried about what you call “radical Islamic terrorism.” I’ve been reporting on extremists who claim to represent Islam since I covered the first anti-American suicide bombings in Beirut in the early 1980s, so I share your concern. I’ve seen friends die and others waste away in captivity at their hands. And I’ve come awfully close to being a victim myself a few times. But I’ve also learned that Muslims come in many colors — literally and figuratively — and my doctorate in Islamic studies helped me understand that the religion itself is interpreted in many different ways. In fact, America’s 3.3 million Muslims, the other 1 percent, are developing their own take on what it means to follow Islam.

The jihadis are already rejoicing at your election because — their words here, not mine — it “reveals the true mentality of the Americans and their racism toward Muslims and Arabs and everything.” But what do they know?

When Bill O’Reilly asked you whether you thought American Muslims fear you, you replied, “I hope not. I want to straighten things out.”

So, in a similar spirit of good tidings, this memo about how good ol’ American values are influencing Islam in the United States might help make that whole straightening out go a little easier. Since it’s not likely that much beyond references to Islam as “a cancer” is going to make it into your briefing papers anytime soon, I thought I’d toss this out into the webosphere in the hope that you might trip across it late some night while prowling the net.

(It’s OK to just read the stuff in bold print.)

 



These new American imams are not (necessarily) anti-Saudi. Far from it. Many owe their expertise to clerics in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan, or, in the case of Shiite Muslims, Iran. Qadhi is an example. Before completing a doctorate in theology at Yale University, he spent years in the holy city of Medina, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Arabic and Islamic theology, respectively. But these American imams are taking what they learned in those years in the seat of Islamic orthodoxy and putting their own spin on it.

Qadhi says this isn’t about “fixing” Islam to placate the anti-Muslim crowd, nor is it an overnight spiritual revolution. It’s a cultural evolution. “This is going to be an ongoing struggle, I believe, for at least another generation,” he says.

It’s not only those who grew up in America who are leading the evolution of the religion here. Many recent arrivals have also embraced the movement.

“A Muslim American has to understand his religion in American context — not in Arabian context, not in Sudanese context, not in Egyptian context,” explains Mohamed Magid, an influential Sudanese-born cleric who came to the United States in 1987 after studying in Saudi Arabia and now runs a network of mosques and community centers in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. “What it means for you to understand American history to celebrate American freedom.”

Manifestations of this new, “American” Islam can be seen in the removal of the walls that divide men and women in the mosque (though female imams, like their Catholic counterparts, are still forbidden); in the provision of social services and interfaith community engagement; and in heightened levels of political and social activism — whether on the front lines in Ferguson, Missouri; at the Dakota Access Pipeline protests; or this election’s get-out-the-vote drives.

It comes down to this, says lawyer Cherrefe Kadri, one of the first women in the United States elected to head an Islamic centre: “What should Islamic centres be doing? Are we just some place to go and pray and grow a beard and five times a day open a door? Or are we more than that?”


CONTINUING THE LESSON NEXT WEEK IN CCN:

An “Americanized” Islam does not necessarily mean a “liberal” Islam.

 

 

Source: Foreign Policy

When I spoke out about my mental health, Muslim leaders told me to stay quiet
By Sabreena Abedin

 

I am neither playing victim nor somehow weakening myself by telling my story.

I am female, I am Muslim, I am dealing with mental health issues, and I demand to be heard.

.......

A student and local masjid leader in positions of power told me to delete the post. They claimed that sharing such a personal story was “not appropriate.” What I understood was that I should be ashamed. That my struggle with mental health is not something that should be public. I was told that I should consider “sharing with a few close friends instead”- because nothing breaks the stigma quite like preaching to the choir, right?

They said that someone years ago had shared their sexual assault story, was cyber-bullied, and therefore we should not discuss these things. I guess that’s just one more taboo topic we should sweep under the rug. Why do we choose to perpetuate the idea that the stories told by survivors of sexual assault and mental health alike are inappropriate and dangerous? Instead of silencing those who are brave enough to tell their stories, what if we tried to support and defend them?
 

 

The TEMPEST

 

To me, being a Sufi Muslim means to light hope in darkness. To love like a child, bloom like a flower and dance in utter freedom from man-made traditions.- Rida #WAYS2BMuslim #Melbourne

 

Help us celebrate the diversity in our community.

 

To me, choosing Islam and being Muslim means letting go of fear and finding safety and security in the knowledge & belief that Allah SWT is the best of planners and I'm his servant, instrument & tool. - Sonia #WAYS2BMuslim #Melbourne

 

To me, being Muslim is to philosophically decode religion beyond deity identity; examine links between my nafs, my external dynamics and the unknown in a flow of critical puzzlement and awe. - Zee #WAYS2BMuslim #Melbourne

 

 

There is more than one way to be a Muslim

 

 



A group of Muslims around the globe is "dedicated to ending 2016 on a positive note with a campaign to celebrate Muslim diversity."

"We want to equalise media coverage of Muslims with diverse and genuine stories because Muslims come in all colours, shapes and sizes. Some are conservative or traditional, others are progressive or liberal and there are variations in between. No one person has the right to say who is or isn't a Muslim. We all have our unique relationship with our faith which defines our identity."

"We call for our Muslim family to grab a poster and share their personal reflection on "WHAT BEING MUSLIM MEANS TO ME" under the tag #WAYS2BMuslim and #(your location)"

"Help us spread our message around the world by funding 10,000 hand printed posters by the artist Peter Drew."

 

 

 

 

 

 

To me, being Muslim is about acknowledging and appreciating the interconnectedness of the world, not just all humans but the animals and environment that we live in.- Reem #WAYS2BMuslim #Melbourne

 

 

 

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Max visited Morocco and enjoyed living with the Muslims. He encourages others to meet Muslims so they can have a better understanding of Islam and its follow...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOLLAND PARK MOSQUE

 

 

Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 December 2016

TOPIC"The issue of saying Happy Christmas"

IMAM: Uzair Akbar

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 December 2016

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 December 2016

TOPIC"Surah Al Takwir - The Folding Up"

IMAM: Prof. Mohamad Abdalla 

  

 

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

DATE: 30 December 2016

 

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Friday khutbah (sermon)

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Islamic association spends Christmas clearing snow from neighbourhood sidewalks

 

Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary

CANADA: At a time when Muslims and Islam are being associated with terrorism, one Calgary, Canada group spent Christmas day giving back.

According to a CBC report, one woman was overcome with emotion when she returned home to see driveways and sidewalks shoveled. The good samaritans were members of the Islamic Association of Northwest Calgary and they were handing out flowers and chocolates to the neighbors.

“They are just so humble and kind,” said Cindy Russell.


Flowers handed out from the Islamic Association

 

Muhammad Abbas, outreach director at the association, explained that the tradition for the last five years has been that younger members of the center come together to give back on Christmas.

“They share the best wishes of the season with our neighbors,” Abbas said. “We want to make a positive contribution to our community.”

Russell noted that the gesture came at an important time, “especially right now with all the dialogue going on around the world,” she said. “There is so much fear and ignorance and a lot of people who are afraid just haven’t taken the time to educate themselves.”

She thanked the members for ”showing me the real purpose of this time of year, which doesn’t belong to any religion. It’s time to express love, concern and interest for each other.”
 

 

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Muslim man reveals dazzling Christmas lights display thirty years in the making

 

 

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10 Muslim women who owned 2016!

 

 

This year was one which thrust Muslim women, particularly those in hijab, into the limelight.

 

We went from debates surrounding the burkini ban, to the ban of the niqab, to women needing to defend themselves from hate crimes and Islamophobia.

 

With this, it meant that we were the cool kids that everyone wanted to discuss.

 

Watch this round up of the women who basically OWNED this year and made it one of female empowerment and true success.


The Muslim Vibe

 

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This week's CCN Book-of-the-Week

 

Leg over Leg: 4-volume set
by

Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq (Author), Humphrey Davies (Translator)

 

Description

Leg over Leg recounts the life, from birth to middle age, of “the Fariyaq,” alter ego of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, a pivotal figure in the intellectual and literary history of the modern Arab world. The always edifying and often hilarious adventures of the Fariyaq, as he moves from his native Lebanon to Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England, and France, provide the author with grist for wide-ranging discussions of the intellectual and social issues of his time, including the ignorance and corruption of the Lebanese religious and secular establishments, freedom of conscience, women’s rights, sexual relationships between men and women, the manners and customs of Europeans and Middle Easterners, and the differences between contemporary European and Arabic literatures, all the while celebrating the genius and beauty of the classical Arabic language.

Volumes One and Two follow the hapless Fariyaq through his youth and early education, his misadventures among the monks of Mount Lebanon, his flight to the Egypt of Muhammad 'Ali, and his subsequent employment with the first Arabic daily newspaper—during which time he suffers a number of diseases that parallel his progress in the sciences of Arabic grammar, and engages in amusing digressions on the table manners of the Druze, young love, snow, and the scandals of the early papacy. This first book also sees the list—of locations in Hell, types of medieval glue, instruments of torture, stars and pre-Islamic idols—come into its own as a signature device of the work.

Akin to Sterne and Rabelais in his satirical outlook and technical inventiveness, al-Shidyaq produced in Leg Over Leg a work that is unique and unclassifiable. It was initially widely condemned for its attacks on authority, its religious skepticism, and its “obscenity,” and later editions were often abridged. This is the first complete English translation of this groundbreaking work.

Reviews
"Its contemporaneity is astonishing... It would be doing Leg Over Leg a massive disservice to not make it clear how funny it is. This is a book that for all its challenges, all its insight into humanity, all its place in history, had me regularly laughing out loud."-Music and Literature

"We're having a particularly good season for literary discoveries from the past, with recent publications of Volumes 1 and 2 of Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq's 'Leg Over Leg' (1855)..."-Martin Riker, New York Times Book Review

"...Leg Over Leg by the Lebanese intellectual Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq, [has] long been held to be untranslatable and so [is] appearing, in [its] entirety, in English for the first time."-Lydia Wilson,Times Literary Supplement

"Al-Shidyaq, born in Lebanon in the early years of the nineteenth century, was a Zelig of the Arabic literary world, and his Leg Over Leg is a bawdy, hilarious, epically word-obsessed, and unclassifiable book, which has never been translated into English before…"-Sal Robinson,Moby Lives

"It is not too early to state that the publication of this work, in this edition, is a game-changer. This is a foundational work of modern Arabic literature and its publication in English is long overdue — but given how it is presented here, it was perhaps worth the wait. This edition, with helpful endnotes, the original Arabic text, and in a translation that both reads well and appears to closely mirror the original, seems, in almost every way, ideal… I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this is the most important literary publication of a translation into English, in terms of literary history and our understanding of it, in years." -The Complete Review

"Humphrey Davies’s masterful translation makes accessible this unique and fascinating work, deserving of wider recognition and study […] The translation adroitly and sympathetically captures the linguistic exuberance and literary inventiveness of the original." -Banipal Magazine

"Humphrey Davies’ translation, published in four dual-language volumes, is a triumph. He skillfully renders punning, rhyming prose without breaking the spell… Leg Over Leg stands out for both its stylistic brazenness and the excellence of the translation. With this bilingual edition, the Library of Arabic Literature helps fill a large cultural gap and alters our view of Arabic literature and the formal trajectory of the novel outside the West. Any reader for whom the term ‘world literature’ is more than an empty platitude must read Humphrey Davies's translation."-John Yargo,Los Angeles Review of Books

“The heroic achievement of award-winning translator Humphrey Davies marks the first ever English translation of this pivotal work… An accessible, informative, and highly entertaining read.”-Banipal Magazine



Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq (1805 or 1806-1887) was a foundational figure in modern Arabic literature. Born to a prominent Maronite family in Lebanon, al-Shidyaq was a pioneering publisher, poet, essayist, lexicographer and translator. Known as "the father of Arabic journalism," al-Shidyaq played a major role in reviving and modernizing the Arabic language.

Humphrey Davies is an award-winning translator of Arabic literature from the Ottoman period to the present. Writers he has translated include Elias Khoury, Naguib Mahfouz, Alaa Al Aswany, Bahaa Taher, Mourid Barghouti, Muhammad Mustagab, Gamal al-Ghitani, Hamdy el-Gazzar, Khaled Al-Berry, and Ahmed Alaidy, as well as Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and Yusuf al-Shirbini for the Library of Arabic Literature. He has also authored, with Madiha Doss, an anthology of writings in Egyptian colloquial Arabic. He lives in Cairo.

Source: Amazon.com

 

I haven’t read many novels in translation from Arabic. What better place to begin than at the beginning? Ahmad Faris al­-Shidyaq’s picaresque, somewhat maniacal “four-book opuscule,” published in Paris in 1855, may be the first of its kind in Arabic, according to the New York Review of Books. The text is worth the expedition it demands: a ramble through Lebanon, Egypt, Malta, Tunis, England, and France — with detours in the form of musings, rhyming passages, and in some memorable instances, protracted catalogues of “rare” words for genitalia and their uses — and through much of the protagonist’s life. Al­-Shidyaq’s commentaries on love and language — and on places, the people who populate them, and their customs — are quite singular, and his delight in language offers a glimpse, however pale in translation, of the richness of a classical Arabic beyond the reach of most readers this edition will attract.

 

Benjamin Soloway, assistant editor Foreign Policy

 

 

 

"I try to read about a book a week on average.

Even when my schedule is out of control,

I carve out time for reading"      

 

- Bill Gates

 

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


CCN's Bookshelf

City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi
Shantaram
A Fine Balance
The Leadership of Muhammad
Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, Updated Edition, With a New Preface
The God of Small Things
The Kite Runner
The Punishment of Gaza
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur’s Odyssey to Educate the World’s Children
The Da Vinci Code
Disgrace
The Power of One
Muslim Women and Sports in the Malay World: The Crossroads of Modernity and Faith
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid
The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
The Road to Mecca
Long Walk to Freedom
Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta
Islam


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KB says: With summer here and mangos are plentiful, here is a recipe for a refreshing salad with the winning combination.

Mango and Avocado Salad

Salad


Lettuce
Cubed mango
Cubed avocado
baby tomato quartered

Place lettuce on board or serving platter
Top with rest of ingredients
Drizzle dressing over just before serving

Dressing

4 tab. sweet chilli sauce
1 - 2 tab. vinegar
Pinch salt
¼ tsp crushed black pepper
Pinch of chilli flakes
1 tsp honey or according to taste
Chopped parsley
Pomegranate rubies

Mix together dressing ingredients and refrigerate

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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START BUILDING POSITIVE HABITS
 

Make your workout pack a punch… I know weight loss is a major driver for most of us.But the benefits of exercise go way beyond a trim, slim figure. Adopt a holistic approach to your everyday routine and start reaping the rewards.

Studies prove that an active lifestyle improves sleep quality and mental relaxation. Exercise not only helps us to get to sleep, but stay asleep.
 

Every time we choose to work out, we strengthen our dedication to a healthy lifestyle. The flow-on effect goes on and on – you’ll be more motivated as you see and feel results; or reaching your goals.
 

Consistency is key. Keep on moving and get your ‘glow on’. Every time you increase your heart rate, your skin gets a healthy boost. Couple this with a healthy diet and lots of water, and you’re well on
your way to a healthier you. N-JOY!!
 

 

TOGETHER, LET’S FIGHT GLOBESITY

Kareema

My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

 

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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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Fitria Sari
 

Accredited Practising Dietician & Nutritionist
M: 0406 279 591
Website: www.diversenutrition.com.au

I Quit Diets
 

As 2016 ends and we welcome 2017, it is a great time for us to reflect over the past year on what we have achieved and set new goals for the year to come.

As your dietitian and health coach, one of the main goals I want you to make is to quit dieting in 2017. Diets do not work. If diets worked, everyone would have dieted, lost weight and that would be the end of the story. However, we all know that is not the case. This is why I do not recommend dieting. Despite the fact that dietitians have the word 'diet' in it, we are actually not a fan of diets at all.

What I recommend for you to do is to make being healthy a lifestyle. Start by making small changes, even if it's just starting one new habit for one month. For example, eating 2 pieces of fruit every day. In the next month, continue this habit but add another goal such as always have 1 cup of veggies with dinner. Before you know it, by the end of the year, you will have adopted 12 new healthy habits!

Making small changes, but making it consistent, is what will make a difference in the long run. It is also much easier to maintain and you will not feel too overwhelmed to continue. Just make sure to write down those healthy habits that you want to make. Writing it down will make the goals more concrete and will make you accountable.

So let's stop dieting once and for all, smash those goals and become the healthiest version of ourselves in 2017 and onwards!
 

 

Need an answer to a nutrition related matter?

Send your question to Fitria at fitria.s@hotmail.com

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

 

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An engineer was removing the engine parts from a motorcycle when he saw Mula Nasruddin the famous heart surgeon in his shop.

He went to him and said.. "Look at this engine... I opened its heart, took the valves out, repaired and put them back. So why do I get such a small salary? And you get huge sums?"

Mula Nasruddin smiled at the engineer and came close to his ear and said.... "Try the same when the engine is running."

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An Ayaat-a-Week

 

  

 

 

Allah! There is no god but He: of a surety He will gather you together against the Day of Judgment, about which there is no doubt. And whose word can be truer than Allah’s?
  

~ Surah An-Nisaa 4:87

 

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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities,

but in the expert's mind there are few.” 

 

~ Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

 

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Venue

Contact

 

1 January

Sunday

Annual Mawlid an Nabi

Islamic Society of Algester

Algester Mosque, 48 Learoyd Road Algester

0421 593 785

2.30pm for 3pm

7 January

Saturday

Annual Milad-un-Nabi

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane

Australian International Islamic College
724 Blunder Road, Durack

3809 4600

3pm

9 February

Thursday

 

Prof Gillian Triggs: Challenging Times for Human Rights

 

Crescent Institute Brisbane

BDO Brisbane, CBD

0407 458 011

6pm for 6.30pm start

4/11/18 February

Saturdays

Short Course: Essence of Islam (New Muslims & Non-Muslims)

Brisbane Muslim Fellowship

Interfaith & Cultural Dialogue Centre, Griffith University, Nathan

0468 948 222

Feb 4 – 9:30am to 3:30pm
Feb 11 – 10:00am to 3:30pm
Feb 18 – 10:00am to 2pm

19 February

Sunday

Seminar on Islam and Environmental Stewardship

ARRCC-CIQ-ICQ

TBA

0413 067 160

Morning (TBA)

19 February

Sunday

Food Festival

Buranda Mosque

6 Agnes St, WOOLLOONGABBA

0432 539 942

starts 10am

11 & 12 March

Sat & Sun

AU Islamic Peace Conference

Buranda Mosque

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

0425 886 949

Register here

All day

25 April

(tentative)

Tuesday

LAILATU MIRAJ (27 RAJAB 1438)

30 April

Sunday

ICB Annual Fete

ICB CPAC

Islamic College of Brisbane, KARAWATHA

0402 794 253

TBA

12 May

(tentative)

Friday

NISF SHA'BAAN / LAILATUL BAHRAT (15 SHA'BAAN 1438)

28 May

(tentative)

Sunday

RAMADAAN STARTS (1 RAMADAAN 1438)

23 June

(tentative)

Friday

LAILATUL QADR / NIGHT OF POWER (27 RAMADAAN 1438)

26 June

(tentative)

Monday

EIDUL FITR / RAMADAAN ENDS (1 SHAWWAL 1438)

2 September

(tentative)

Saturday

EIDUL ADHA (10 ZUL-HIJJAH 1438)

22 September

(tentative)

Friday

ISLAMIC NEW YEAR -1439 (1 MUHARRAM 1439)

             

 

PLEASE NOTETE

1. All Islamic Event dates given above are supplied by the Council of Imams QLD (CIQ) and are provided as a guide and are tentative and subject to the sighting of the moon.

2. The Islamic date changes to the next day starting in the evenings after maghrib. Therefore, except for Lailatul Mehraj, Lailatul Bhahraat and Lailatul Qadr – these dates refer to the commencement of the event starting in the evening of the corresponding day.

 

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RECURRING EVENTS

 

BURANDA MOSQUE

 

Tafseer

29 January

 


 

 


 

LUTWYCHE ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION

Masjid As Sunnah

 

Tafseer

8 January

 


 

ALGESTER MOSQUE

 

Nuria Khataam
Date: Every last Wednesday of the month
Time: After Esha Salaat
Venue: Algester Mosque
Contact: Yahya
Ph: 0403338040
 


 

 


 


 

Sisters Support Services -  On going Activities

 

Tafsir Class – By Umm Bilal. Held every Tuesday at 10am - Kuraby area

 

Halaqah – By Um Bilal. Held every Thursday & Saturday at 10am

( Saturdays  at Runcorn location)

 

Arabic classes – Taught by Umm Bilal Wednesdays  1 – 2pm Kuraby Masjid

Tuesdays  1 – 2pm  Kuraby area (after Tafsir Class)

 

Sisters Support Social Group -  1st Wednesday of every Month  - Kuraby Location

 

YOUTH GROUP- -   Muslimah Girls Youth Group for 10+ Girls

School Holiday Activites  -   Contact : Aliyah 0438840467

Amir Boys Club for Primary School Boys – MONTHLY & HOLIDAY ACTIVITES

Contact :  Farah 0432026375

 

We also run a volunteers group to assist Muslim women with food rosters and home visits for sisters who need support or are isolated.  We refer Sisters in need for counselling, accommodation, financial assistance and other relevant services.

To join our volunteer group or for any other details for activates please call the numbers below…

Aliyah :  0438840467                   Khadijah:   0449268375

Farah:    0432026375                   Iman :   0449610386

 


 

Al-Mustapha Institute of Brisbane 

39 Bushmills Court, Hillcrest Qld 4118

• Zikr - every Thursday 7pm, families welcome
• Hifz, Quran Reading & Madressa - Wednesday & Friday 4:30 - 6:30pm, brothers, sisters and children
• New Muslims Program - last Thursday of every month, 6:30 - 8:30pm
• Salawat Majlis - first Saturday of every month. Starting at Mughrib, families welcome
• Islamic Studies - one year course, Saturday 10:00 - 2:00 pm, brothers and sisters
• Ilm-e-Deen, Alims Degree Course - Three full-time and part-time nationally accredited courses, brothers

For further information:
www.almustapha.org.au
Phone 07) 3809 4600
Email info@almustapha.org.au

 

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Quran Reading Class For Ladies (Beginners or Advanced)
 

Every Saturday 2 - 4pm
Lady Teacher
 


 

 

On Going Activities

 

1. Daily Hadeeth reading From Riyadusaliheen, After Fajar and after esha .
2. After school Madrassah for children Mon-Thu 5pm to 7pm

3. Adult Quran classes (Males) Monday and Tuesday after esha for an hour.
4. Community engagement program every second Saturday of the Month, interstate and overseas speakers, starts after margib, Dinner served after esha, First program begins on the 15 August.

5. Monthly Qiyamulail program every 1st Friday of the month starts after esha.
6. Fortnight Sunday Breakfast program. After Fajar, short Tafseer followed by breakfast.
7. Weekly Tafseer by Imam Uzair after esha followed by dinner. Starts from 26 August.

 

For all activities, besides Adult Quran, classes sisters and children are welcome.

For further info call the Secretary on 0413669987

 

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IPDC

 

 


 

HOLLAND PARK MOSQUE

 

 


 

Queensland Police Service/Muslim Community Consultative Group

 

Minutes from the QPS/Muslim Community Reference Group meeting held on
Monday 24 October 2016 at the Islamic College of Brisbane [ICB] are available here.
 

Next Meeting

Time: 7pm Date: TBA
Venue: Islamic College of Brisbane - 45 Acacia Road Karawatha


Light refreshments will be available. ALL WELCOME

 

For more information and RSVP:

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

 

 

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

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

Islamic Relief Australia

National Zakat Foundation (NZF)

MCCA

Islamic Finance  & Investments

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)

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 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) : Masjid Taqwa

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

Eidfest

Celebrating Muslim cultures

iCare QLD (formerly AYIA Foundation) -

Charity

Slacks Creek Mosque

Mosque and Community Centre

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