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Sunday, 3 February 2008

 .Newsletter 0169

This week's CCN is kindly sponsored by

Nazima Hansa of RE/MAX Sunnybank

MBN Exposes Members to Networking Strategies







The first MBN Dinner/Talks sessions for the year kicked off on Tuesday at the Brisbane Abruzzo Club with author of Networking Exposed, Lisa Butler, leading the charge.


Ms Butler drew on her extensive research on the subject to explain why one should surround oneself with a well-developed, sophisticated support network and how to build a successful networking lifestyle.


A lively discussion on effective networking strategies followed a generous variety of dishes ranging from Indian to Italian.





The audience was kept entertained through the night with MBN's Secretary, Rubana Moola, serving as the Master of Ceremonies, comedienne and auctioneer.



Amongst those putting their new found skills to the test were (left to right) Fozia Peer, Sharnam Cassimjee, Rashida Khan and Sushil Sami.





It was also announced that the MBN Annual General Meeting will be taking place on 17 February and nominations for 5 positions on the Executive are being sought. Contact the secretary@mbn.net.au for the details.


Haj 2007: By Yusuf Hussein


Hajji Yusuf Hussein

There is undoubtedly a vast difference performing Hajj at present, than performing Hajj in 1992.


Even though my first Hajj was 15 years ago, I still remember each and every day of it.

In 1992, I performed Hajj with my wife, sister and brother-in-law. Back in those days, going through an agent was not compulsory and we had to apply for our own Hajj visas, find our own transport as well as find our own hotel accommodation.


Once we landed at the Hajj terminal in Mecca, we were waiting for a few hours before we were cleared. On my most recent Hajj trip, we cleared immigration and passport control in less than 20 minutes!


The authorities there in Mecca didn’t have to ask us if we had found our hotel accommodation, as they did in 1992, because all hotel accommodation, transport and visas were organized for us by our Hajj packages. We opted to book through Labbaik Travel. They were very professional in the way they conducted the Hajj.

Upon arrival at the Mouasas Office in Mecca last year, we were given wristbands which listed our Mina camp number and bus number. This illustrated to us very early just how organized and efficient everything had become as compared to 15 years ago.

Another very obvious difference was the crowds. In 1992, after completing our Umra, we found hotel accommodation quite easily and in addition, it was very close to the Haram. We even managed to make arrangements with the hotel to have that room for the whole Hajj season. Whilst in Mecca, we performed Tawaaf whenever possible.



The crowds back then were manageable and depending on the time, we even managed to kiss the Hajre-Aswad.



The crowds when going for Hajj today are incomparable to what they used to be so this time, unfortunately, we were unable to kiss the Hajre-Aswad.


One very apparent difference one would notice when going for Hajj today is the fact that there are a lot more wheelchairs, but not enough wheelchair facilities to cater for this dramatic increase.

Another thing that got our attention was the fact that the entrance to the Zam Zam well was now closed. Back in 1992, we were able to go down underneath and actually see the well.

Labbaik Travel organized our trip to Medina and we spent ten days there. On the 7th of Zil Hajj, we put on our Ihraam and proceeded to Mina. We arrived in Mina at approximately 3am.


Once we decided to go to Medina in 1992, we had to go back to the Mouasas Office to book ourselves onto a bus. We had to be there two hours before our departure for Medina.


Once we arrived, we proceeded to look for accommodation. Again, we managed to find hotel accommodation not far from Masjid-al-Nabawi. After ten days in Medina, we then booked to go back to Mecca with a few days to spare before Hajj began.


We put on our Ihraam for another Umra and proceeded by bus to Mecca. Upon arrival, we noticed that the crowds were building up as Hajj was drawing closer. On our second Umra in 1992, we were unable to kiss the Hajre-Aswad.

In 1992, on the 7th of Zil Hajj, we were asked to be at the Mouasas Office after Fajr on the 8th of Zil Hajj.


We arrived there at 2am, knowing there would be an enormous amount of people scrambling for the buses to get to Mina, as back then, we had to organize our own transportation. Following Fajr prayers, we boarded a bus which took us into Mina.


On arrival, we noticed our tent had a pedestal fan and a container of iced water. We were the only ones in our tent; thus making it quite spacious. The toilet facilities nearby were reasonably clean too.


The next morning, after Fajr, we headed to Arafat by bus. Back then, our bus driver had no idea where he was going but finally managed to get us to Arafat in time for Zohr Salaat. These days, it is much easier going along with a group, because when it was our turn to board the bus to Arafat, we were called and arrived there at about 8:30 am. We were able to stay the whole day in Arafat, as compared with 1992. The routes taken by the buses seem to be somewhat more organized too.

After Maghrib Salaat in 1992, we advanced onto Muzdalifa. Our bus all of a sudden just stopped in the middle of nowhere! But as our driver was also performing Hajj, we decided to spend the night by the bus. After Fajr the next morning, we left Muzdalifa and proceeded to Mina.


Our driver drove around in circles trying to get us to the Jamaraat. Although it was only 3kms away, due to the crowds it was nearly impossible to get there.


Finally, at about Zohr time we arrived by the Jamaraat. We pelted our pebbles and then went to Mina. Once we got confirmation of our Qurbani, we then removed our Ihraam and shaved our heads. The next day, we were able to get a taxi to Mecca and performed our Tawaaf-Ziyarat. We then got a taxi back to the Jamaraat to pelt.

The Hajj terminal

In 2007, we arrived in Muzdalifa at about 9:30 pm. This time we were allocated an area in Muzdalifa which was extremely crowded. A distinct change was the number of toilets. In 1992, there were no toilet facilities around us whatsoever; however in 2007, there were adequate toilet blocks stationed nearby.

After sunrise when we decided to catch our bus to Mina, it was much too chaotic and thus decided to walk to Mina instead. We then proceeded from our camp in Mina to pelt the Jamaraat.


The Jamaraat is now one way, has three levels and it is much bigger - thus making it safer, more orderly and easier to pelt.

The next day we decided to go to Mecca to perform our Tawaaf-Ziyarat but were unable to get a taxi to go to Mecca. We then decided to walk to the Jamaraat and then walk to Mecca and back to Mina.

It can be seen that Hajj in 1992 and Hajj in 2007 both had their ups and downs - the major ones being the difference in crowds and it being compulsory nowadays to travel with a group. Nevertheless, both times, I came back home to Australia with a sense of inner peace and calmness. Hajj is the most joyful and most spiritual experience one can have.

Fiji Muslim League: Organizational Profile


The International Dateline passes the Island of Taveuni in Fiji.


This not only makes Fiji see the sun rise first, but also the first country to offer Fajr Salaat (pre-dawn prayers).

The Muslims in Fiji originated from the Indo-Pak Sub-continent. The British Government brought these workers in groups, under a system of indentured labourers to work in the country's sugarcane farms.

The first group of immigrants left India from the port of Calcutta on 28th February 1879 in a ship called "Leonidas".


They reached the Levuka Harbour on 14th May 1879. Of the 498 passengers, 92 were Muslims.

A regular flow of immigrants continued with a total of 86 voyages from 1879 to 1916. Today 7% of Fiji's population is Muslim.

The Fiji Muslim League (FML) [a religious and social organization] was established in the year 1926. The organization is working particularly for the welfare and development of the Muslims.

Achievements of Fiji Muslim League to date include the establishment of the following:

• 17 Muslim Primary Schools
• 5 Muslim Colleges
• A tertiary institution for higher education
• Masajid / Prayer Centres (Markaz) in the country

Through these institutions, generations have excelled in secular as well as religious education and have maintained their Islamic identity in a multi-religious society.

The Board of Consumer Affairs plays an important role in advising the Muslim community on consumable items. The board has members from the field of Food, Science and Nutrition and Islamic Scholars (Ulama) to resolve issues of this board.

The vision of the Fiji Muslim League Board of Consumer Affairs is to promote Halaal Food consumption for the Muslim community in Fiji. As the availability of processed foods in the food market is increasing, there has been a greater need to investigate the authenticity of the so called "Halaal" foods in the market. It acts as a Halaal regulatory body and offers Halaal certification services.

Source: South African National Halaal Authority e-Bulletin 23 (Muharram 1429 - January 2008). To subscribe to the SANHA e-Bulletin send an email to consumer@sanha.org.za



For more information on the Fiji Muslim League visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiji_Muslim_League


Human Appeal International: Gaza in Need



INFORMATION EVENING (Police Complaints Process)


As a result of the consultation with various persons in the Muslim Community it was identified that many youth are not aware of the process when dealing with police officers. Therefore, in order to create a stronger relationship of mutual respect with the Muslim Community the Queensland Police Service will be holding an information Seminar.


An initiative of the QPS/MUSLIM YOUTH REFERENCE GROUP, the aim is to inform the Muslim Community of the process regarding the submission of complaints concerning unprofessional conduct by members of the police service. This Information Evening is designed to teach the community about the Queensland Police Service Complaints Process and following up complaints submitted.


The guest speaker will be Inspector Jerry Costello, Professional Practice Manager (PPM) of the Metropolitan South Region


DATE: Wednesday 13th February 2008

TIME: 5pm

ADDRESS: QLD Police Service Regional Office, Level 1, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt (next door to Qld X- Ray)

This invitation is open to all members of the Muslim community however is designed for Muslim Youth.


If you need any more information contact Sergeant Jim Bellos:

Telephone: (07) 38490324 Mobile: 0438 114 619 Email: Bellos.Dimitrios@police.qld.gov.au


Applications open for $3.5m Community Celebration Fund


A second round of community funding for Queensland's 150th Celebrations, which will provide up to $3.5 million for community groups across the State opened last week to help communities celebrate Queensland's 150th birthday in a way that was significant to them.

The grants, which range from $2,000 to $10,000, are available to community groups, as well as local councils, educational institutions and incorporated organisations.

Applications are being accepted now for the second round of grants, with submissions closing on 13 April. Successful applicants will be announced in June.

The third and final round will open in July 2008. Submissions close in September.

Details on the grants program are available from the Queensland's 150th Celebrations website - www.q150.qld.gov.au.

2009 marks the 150th anniversary of Queensland's separation from New South Wales. The anniversary celebrations, which will run the entire year, will express the vision - "Reflect on our past, imagine our future" - and be shaped around four themes - history, people, places and future.

The CCN Cultural Corner




Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi died on December 17, 1273.


Men of five faiths followed his bier.

That night was named Sebul Arus (Night of Union). Ever since, the Mevlevi dervishes have kept that date as a festival.






The day I've died, my pall is moving on -
But do not think my heart is still on earth!
Don't weep and pity me: "Oh woe, how awful!"
You fall in devil's snare - woe, that is awful!
Don't cry "Woe, parted!" at my burial -
For me this is the time of joyful meeting!
Don't say "Farewell!" when I'm put in the grave -
A curtain is it for eternal bliss.
You saw "descending" - now look at the rising!
Is setting dangerous for sun and moon?
To you it looks like setting, but it's rising;
The coffin seems a jail, yet it means freedom.
Which seed fell in the earth that did not grow there?
Why do you doubt the fate of human seed?
What bucket came not filled from out the cistern?
Why should the Yusaf "Soul" then fear this well?
Close here your mouth and open it on that side.
So that your hymns may sound in Where- no-place!

Schimmel, Annemarie. Look! This Is Love: Poems of Rumi. Boston, Mass.: Shambhala Publications, 1991.






Cast and Crew take a bow

Thumbs up for local play


A group of part-time actors, stage hands and technicians from Sydney flew into Brisbane yesterday morning (after having just completed two successive performances in their home town) and put on a most entertaining and professional play to a relatively small but very appreciative audience at the Logan Entertainment Centre last night.




With all the humour, drama and pathos of a Shakespearean styled production, Vidhata demonstrated that Indians don't just dance and sing, but can shine in serious method acting with the best of them.










The Hindi script, delightfully executed by actor/director Vipul Vyas and his team, told of a mentally challenged girl, unfulfilled love, hope, despair and death by poison interspersed with dramatic lighting and song and voiceovers


A poor grasp of the language did not diminish this reviewer's ability to keep on track with the storyline, but it did give him time to admire the exquisite wardrobes of saries and punjabis that changed as often as the scenes.


If white men can't dance (or so the movie title goes) then Vyas and his actors amply demonstrated last night that brown men (and women) can act!




Reviewer: CCN's Man about Town




We offer our condolences to Faisel Essof and his Family on the passing away of his mother, Mrs. Amina Ismail Essof, in Zimbabwe during the week.


''Innaa lillah hi wa Innaa ilay hi Rauji'oon''
To Allah do we belong and to Him is our return


Forgotten champion of Islam: One man and his mosque


A crumbling house in Liverpool conceals a curious secret: the vandalised remains of Britain's first mosque. Now, finally, the city is set to restore it - and to honour the eccentric lawyer who created it. Michael Savage discovers his remarkable story


Front of No 8 Brougham Terrace

There is little to suggest that No 8 Brougham Terrace is anything special. But underneath the dust and the mould is a building of extraordinary historical and social significance. This was Britain's first true mosque.

And following years of neglect, it could finally be about to receive the restoration treatment that, given its place in the nation's history, it surely deserves. The Bishop of Liverpool has called for action. The Saudi and Kuwait governments are interested in helping to fund a project that would cost £2.4m.


With Liverpool gearing up to be European Capital of Culture next year, the plight of the forgotten mosque is attracting attention again. That, in turn, has shed light on the astonishing character who founded it on Christmas Day 1889.

William Quilliam was a solicitor. But in late 19th century Britain there was no other solicitor quite like him. He is said to have appeared in court wearing Turkish ceremonial dress. Others claim he travelled through Liverpool on a white Arab horse, or that he was descended from a first lieutenant who fought with Nelson at Trafalgar.

Such stories may well be apocryphal, yet Quilliam was a man whose life needs no embellishing. Few religious figures have championed their faith the way the man who became Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam did. He did so despite often facing hostility from his own countrymen. He was made the Sheikh of Britain by the last Ottoman emperor, converted hundreds to his religion, and was honoured by the Sultan of Morocco, the Shah of Persia and the Sultan of Afghanistan. The mosque at 8 Brougham Terrace was his crowning achievement.

Born in 1856, Quilliam was the son of a wealthy watchmaker, and became a solicitor after training at the Liverpool Institute. But life as a lawyer took its toll on Quilliam and in 1882 he travelled to the south of France to recover from stress. While he was recuperating, he decided to cross the Mediterranean to Morocco and Algeria and it was there that his fascination with Islam began. At the age of 31 he converted to the religion, changed his name to Abdullah and bought a marmoset as a pet.

"He never went anywhere without that monkey," said Quilliam's granddaughter, Patricia Gordon. "It used to sit on his shoulder. He had a little fez made for it and would even take it to the British Museum when he was studying there. He was an old Victorian eccentric. He was his own man and he did what he wanted to do all his life. When he walked into a room, everyone would go quiet. He was a very colourful character."

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His love of exotic animals turned his home into a zoo - he reportedly kept a jackal, a wolf, a fox and even a crocodile.

For Quilliam, his own conversion was just the start of his loud and proud association with Islam. He soon found he had the knack of convincing others of its merits. He first began holding lectures on his new religion and then founded the Liverpool Mosque and Institute in the small semi on Brougham Terrace, West Derby Street, in 1889.

Within 10 years of his return to the city, he assembled a following of about 150 Muslims, almost entirely made up of British converts. Scientists and professionals were among Quilliam's group, along with his sons and his mother, who had spent most of her life as a Christian activist. He also produced two journals, The Crescent and The Islamic Review, on a printing press in the mosque's cellar. Both were circulated internationally.

But Quilliam's misssion did not stop at publishing. He set out to help ease Liverpool's social ills, founding the Medina Home, which cared for illegitimate children and found them foster parents. He set up the Muslim College, a weekly debating society and also wrote a book of Muslim hymns in English.

(JPG)He still found time to write a book. The Faith of Islam was published in 1899 by a small local printer and was translated into 13 languages, with three editions published. Quilliam proudly said that it had been read by Queen Victoria and the ruler of Egypt.

But not everyone appreciated Quilliam's vigour. Soon after he converted to Islam, he was evicted from his house by his landlord, who took exception to his rejection of Christianity. The timing of his book on Islam compounded the vitriolic hatred that some in the Christian community felt for him. "The ongoing conflict with Sudan meant that the very mention of Islam in Britain was like a red rag to a bull," says Professor Humayun Ansari, an expert in British Islamic history from Royal Holloway College, London.

Quilliam was never one to go quietly and launched a series of attacks on the British government. When the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, was due to give a speech in Liverpool urging action against the Ottoman Empire for its treatment of Armenians, Quilliam leapt to the emperor's defence. He gathered his congregation at the mosque to make a rival speech, during which he declared the West was quite happy to ignore "Christian atrocities" elsewhere.

"An American explodes a bomb in the crowded streets of Constantinople and slays innocent women and children and, because he calls himself a Christian he is extolled in England as a hero and as a patriot!" Quilliam wrote. "An Afghan fights for his fatherland in the Khyber Pass, and because he is a Muslim he is denounced as a traitor and a rebel."

According to Professor Ansari, Quilliam paid a price for his stance. "Of course, he was lampooned, but it showed that he was a courageous man, as well as a controversial figure. Although other English people had converted, they tended to keep a low profile. Quilliam on the other hand was much more forthright and challenging, making him a high-profile public figure in the process."

Back of No 8 Brougham Terrace

Unsurprisingly, Quilliam developed a difficult relationship with the press. The Liverpool Review described his quest to convert the city to Islam as "silly and unwelcome". He became a regular contributor to the letters pages, attempting to right what he saw as the incorrect popular view of Islam, derived from myths dating back to the Crusades.

He wrote: "When we consider that Islam is so much mixed up with the British Empire, and the many millions of Muslim fellow subjects who live under the same rule, it is very extraordinary that so little should be generally known about this religion. And consequently the gross ignorance of the masses on the subject allows them to be easily deceived, and their judgement led astray."

His outspoken stance also made his mosque a target of abuse. During one confrontation, a crowd of 400 protesters gathered outside the building, hurling mud, stones and rotten vegetables at those leaving the prayer hall. In 1895, a group threatened to burn Quilliam alive.

His efforts to promote Islam brought him praise and powerful friends throughout the Muslim world. The Shah of Persia made him a consul to his country. In 1894, Sultan Abdul Hamid II, the last Ottoman emperor, gave Quilliam the title of "Sheikh al-Islam of Britain", leader of British Muslims. The Sultan of Afghanistan gave him a £2,500 "personal gift", to help him continue his good works.

By the turn of the century, Quilliam had developed ambitious plans to build a mosque from scratch, complete with a dome and minarets. But true to his eccentric character, he took a sudden decision in 1908 to leave Britain, mysteriously heading back to the east and not returning until shortly before his death in 1932.

Back of No 8 Brougham Terrace

When Quilliam left Britain, he took with him the energy that had sustained his one-man mission so successfully. Without him at the helm, the institutions he had set up declined, including the mosque. It eventually ended up in the hands of Liverpool City Council. When the authority moved out, it fell further into disrepair, "probably because water got in after thieves took the lead from the roof", said Galib Khan, a leading member of the group attempting to restore the mosque.

Mohammad Akbar Ali, chairman of the Abdullah Quilliam Society set up to campaign for the restoration, added: "Quilliam officially opened it on Christmas Day in 1889 with a special breakfast for 130 of the city's children."

A fundraising meeting earlier this month was attended by the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. But for Mr Ali, there is a wider principle behind finding British money to restore Abdullah Quilliam's legacy.

"Part of the problem faced by young British Muslims now is that they have no Islamic heritage they can truly call their own," he said. "When Muslims born and bred in the UK want to revisit their Islamic roots, they go back to the countries of their ancestors like India, Pakistan or Saudi Arabia. But Quilliam is proof that Britain has its own Islamic heritage. Repairing his mosque with British money, either from the Government or the Muslim community, would act as a powerful symbol of British Islam. It is a religious heritage that all British Muslims can be proud of."

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Rev James Jones, is now patron of the fundraising campaign. He admits that being asked to take up the cause presented a "theological challenge" to him, but he was compelled by Quilliam's example. "One of the challenges in today's world is concentrating on the best examples of each other's religions and finding common ground," he said. "Quilliam was a man who did a huge amount of good work that all religious leaders should appreciate and the campaign to restore his institute is worth supporting, both nationally and locally."

Source: The Independent UK


Enjoy Learning Islam

The CCN Centre Link



Muslim Employment Project Support Worker

(Repeated from last week - correction re closing date)

Required for Multicultural community organisation. Part-time position (3 days /week).
Applicants must identify with the Muslim faith. Multi-region project based at Logan,
aims to support unemployed and underemployed Muslim people. Licence essential.
Selection criteria available from ACCES Services Inc. - 3808 9299. or Sushil


Applications close on 11/02/08.




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



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




Using our book club you can see what books we at CCN have on our shelves, what we are reading and even what we and others think of them.


You can even create your own book shelf, find out what your fellow CCN readers are reading, get and give recommendations for what to read next, create book lists, and even share your opinion on a book with us.


Come see the books we have selected and see if we have any in common. 


Then pick our next book so we can all keep on reading.

The CCN Readers' Book Club

Kareema's Keep Fit Column





Q: Dear Kareema, I injured my ankle and elbow in a fall and haven't been able to do any weights for some time. How long can my body go without weight training before it starts to break down the muscle I built up?





A: Unfortunately, you'll start losing muscle almost immediately. The key to retraining as much muscle as possible is to remain as active as you can (considering your injuries), so your muscles are still being stimulated in some way, without delaying the healing process and putting yourself at further risk.


Quite often, doing nothing actually delays the recovery process. The best thing to do is find a way to exercise around your injury, or at the very least, stay active!



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.

The Culinary Corner




Marshmallow Square Kabaabs
500G Chicken breast - 2 Tbsp of feta cheese crumbed - Season with green masala - 1/2 cup boiled macaroni - ¼ cup chopped greens

White sauce
½ Tbsp butter - ½ Tbsp flour - ½ cup milk

1 EGG - 1 Cup extra fine vermicelli

Add green masala to chicken to taste and also add a good dash of lemon juice. Please use salt sparingly for the feta cheese which will be added latter is salty. Cook till done.

Boil macaroni drain and cool in 2 cm lengths and add to cooked meat also add greens.

Make white sauce, pack mixture into a lightly greased baking tray and refrigerate till it hardens it makes it easier to cut into 3 cm.

Carefully dip each square into beaten egg and roll into slightly crushed vermicelli. The effect is very much like marshmellows.

Places squares into the baking pan pour ½ a tsp of oil over each square bake in 180 degrees for 10 -12 min. Remove from oven when vermicelli is gold in colour.


Source: Radio Islam Newsletter - Monday, 28 January 2008


Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org and who knows, you could be our "guest chef" for a future edition of CCN.


The CCN Chuckle



Mula Nasruddin was working at Doc Sultan's Kebab Parlour when his friend Jallaludin came in and ordered a doner kebab to go.


Mula Nasruddin asked him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6.


Jallaludin thought about it for some time before responding.

"Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don't think I'm hungry enough to eat 6 pieces."



What's happening in our neck of the woods......


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GIRU Conference

The "Hope For Happiness" Fashion Evening


The CCN Date Claimer





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9 February


IWAQ Award night for workers and community




Clairvaux Mackillop College 3272 6355


10 February


Documentary: The Imam & the Pastor




The Meeting Room
Garden City Library
0422 349 786

4pm to 6pm

17 February


MBM AGM (for members)


Muslim Business Network (MBN)


Runcorn Tavern

0439 617 786


23-25 February

Saturday - Monday

Asia-Pacific Interfaith Symposium
Women, Faith
and a Culture of Peace

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre and AMARAH

Multi-Faith Centre
Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Saturday 23rd mid-afternoon to
Monday 25th mid-afternoon

3-5 March

Monday - Wednesday

Griffith Islamic Research Unit 2008 Conference: The Challenges and Opportunities of Islam in the West: The Case of Australia


Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Cnr Merivale and Glenelg Streets, South Bank

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

7 March


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Mt Gravatt Show grounds 3272 6355


8 March


The "Hope For Happiness" Fashion Evening

Hope for Happiness in association with Human Appeal International Australia

Runcorn Tavern Function Centre
124 Gowan Rd, Runcorn

0415 180 065  0405 230 305



15 March


Crescents of Brisbane: World's Greatest Shave

Crescents of Brisbane & The Leukemia Foundation

Kuraby Community Hall, Stiller Drive, Kuraby

0402 026 786

9am to 1pm

15 March


Charity Dinner for Iraqi widows and orphans

AMARAH and Muslim Aid Australia

Michael's Oriental Restaurant

0422 349 786


30 March


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising BBQ

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


10 May


IWAQ/ACCESS Fun night for women




Clairvaux Mackillop College 3272 6355


18 May


CresWalk2008: Annual Fun Run

Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7.30am to 12pm

8/9 June






QLD LIONS, Pine Rd, RICHLANDS 0438 114 619


13 June


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




MacGregor Primary School 3272 6355


25 June


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising DINNER

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


1/2 September



Start of Ramadaan

29/30 September



End of Ramadaan

30 Sept. / 1 Oct.




22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


d4 October


Kuraby Madrassah fundraising (Ladies Only) DINNER

Kuraby Mosque


0431 300 111


11 October



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

8/9 December






To claim your date for your event email theteam@crescentsofbrisbane.org.


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