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Sunday, 15 June 2008

 .Newsletter 0188


News you won't find on CNN!





Estes Entertains, Educates, Elucidates and Expounds on Islam



The Sheikh Yusuf Estes one-man-band lecture tour rattled and rolled into Brisbane this week.


He had hardly got time to set foot on Queensland soil when he was whisked off to all parts of Brisbane on a grueling whistle stop schedule of talks and interviews that would have made Kevin Rudd green with envy.


As for our ubiquitous Man-on-the-Mussallaah it proved quiet a challenge to stay the distance, having, instead, to be content, on occasions, with surfing the plethora of Estes websites and videos to supplement his quest for Texan-styled pastoral care and comfort.


Where our Man-on-the-Mussallaah did make it to the designated venue he found the talks entertaining, informative and educational. 


He learnt the etymology of Arabic words and their contextualized meanings; he discovered why Islamic terrorism was an oxymoron and a contradiction in terms; and, along with the Sheikh's captive audience, quietly smiled at some of the light-hearted responses to the obligatory questions that invariably get asked off only the most learned and distinguished Islamic scholars and intellectuals: Do Muslim men have to grow beards? Do the women have to wear the hijab? Is music haram?


The good Sheikh clearly does not suffer faulty equipment. At one Mosque he offered to start up a collection to purchase a better sound system when the microphone kept failing on him. He went on to suggest that the headset would have been more appropriate for a rapper. And then immediately proceeded to give the audience a suitable demonstration.  


In Mosques that had two levels the men got to endure the isolation that women normally experience when visiting speakers and khutbas are typically delivered from upstairs. Sheikh Estes could not make the stairs to the upper level and spoke from the ladies section below leaving the hundreds of men to vacantly stare at the Mimbar for the length of the talk.


Our Man-on-the-Mussallaah has it on good authority that at the ladies only sessions the Sheikh did not consider it necessary to isolate himself from the ladies further than the protection that the hijab had already afforded them. 


For now Brothers and Sisters the Sheikh has left the building. But you can still catch him on his last public performance at the City Hall on Saturday. And make sure you get your tickets!


How to wear a hijab


Learn how to wear a hijab in different styles in two easy lessons, courtesy of the City Sisters:


Refugee wins Award


MOOROOKA: Softly spoken and with a maturity beyond her years, Homa Forotan has captured the hearts of all those who meet her.

As the Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year, the 21-year-old Afghani refugee has been given a platform from which to spread her message of tolerance and acceptance.

"(Winning this award) helps portray a positive image of immigrants and refugees; many people have misconceptions that refugees are all deprived people without an education or that they don’t work hard," she said.

"It also portrays a positive image of my faith, Islam, which has been very negatively portrayed in the media."

Ms Forotan was nominated for speaking at schools to encourage tolerance and acceptance and tutoring refugee students.

Ms Forotan’s teenage years were filled with upheaval and unrest.

When she was 14, her family escaped the harsh regime of Afghanistan’s Taliban by fleeing to Pakistan.

"It was hard to move along because the government was in the hands of the Taliban ... they would stop us to inspect the car," she said. "You either give them money or they torture you - not the females but the males."

It was four years before Ms Forotan, her mother and siblings arrived in Australia.

"It was the moment I had always wished for; I saw my father waiting for us at airport and it was a nice reunion," she said.

She said Brisbane’s multiculturalism helped her adapt to her new life.

"I didn’t feel left out because everyone is different, it’s very diverse and multicultural," she said.

Believed to be the first refugee to achieve an OP1, Ms Forotan is in her second year of a biomedical science at the University of Queensland.

"Studying medicine is my ultimate dream."

Source: http://www.questnews.com.au/article/2008/06/06/27888_latest_news.html


Spreading a bit of warmth this winter





Safia, Tejal, Mavis, Gina and Deb (left to right in picture) of ACCES Services accepted 120 Mink Blankets donated by Crescents of Brisbane to be passed on to the local refugee community.


"The families truly appreciated the kind gesture and have expressed their delight in receiving the beautiful blankets to keep them warm this winter," said Mavis and Gina. "They are truly grateful."

At the Movies with CCN


SOME stories shake a nation, others slip away. Consider the cases of the Tampa and the SIEV-X. In August 2001, Prime Minister John Howard's turning back of the 400 Afghans on board the Tampa divided the country, contributing to his electoral victory in November.

In October that same year, another boat load of asylum seekers en route to Christmas Island drowned at sea. The lives of 353 people on board - mostly women and children - were lost. It was the largest maritime disaster since World War II, and yet the fate of these people barely disturbed the life of the country they were aspiring to join.

Amal Basry was one of the 45 refugees who survived the disaster. She spent 22 hours in the water, much of it at night and for some of that time believed herself to be the only living person left in the sea. While she was in the water, Amal did not know if her 16- year-old son Amjed, who had boarded the 19.5-metre fishing boat with her in Indonesia, and who had given her a life jacket, was alive or dead.

Documentary maker Steve Thomas first met Amal at an exhibition of paintings by artist and activist Kate Durham, in which Durham imagines the sinking of the SIEV-X. At this event, Amal gave a speech describing that night.

"(It) was so moving that everybody was in tears, including me," Thomas recalls. "And somehow her making that speech against the backdrop of those paintings, which were extraordinary things... just made me think 'someone has to tell this story'. And it appeared that nobody was. I approached Amal, and in her usual generosity of spirit she said 'sure'. And it grew from there."

The film he made is called Hope, which is what the name Amal means. Throughout we are reminded that the reason Amal and her son attempted the perilous journey by sea - indeed the reason all of the Iraqis, Afghans and Iranians boarded the SIEV-X - was because they had hopes for a better life.

Amal recalls the questions Iraqi children asked her about Australia before they set out on their sea voyage. What will it be like? "Like paradise," she told them. Could they have a Playstation? "Of course," she said.

"They had small dreams," Amal told Thomas later. One hundred and forty-six children died on the SIEV-X, alongside 142 women and 65 men. Of the 45 survivors, 33 were men. Amal believes one reason she lived was because she spent the night holding on to the body of a woman who had drowned. She spoke to this woman, wondering aloud what her hopes and circumstances might have been, and thanking her for her help.

Amal only realised she was not the sole survivor when she called out for help after seeing three lights in the distance sometime during the night. The lights did not come closer, but other voices called out with her; a sprinkling of people who had managed to cling to life. The asylum seekers were not rescued until the next day, when they were spotted by Indonesian fishermen.

To date, the lights have not been explained and the enigma has led to much speculation about what happened to the SIEV-X. (SIEV-X stands for Suspected Illegal Entry Vessel - the X stands for unrecorded.)

"It is clear that the SIEV-X was under surveillance before it departed," says Thomas. "It is clear that this was the most heavily surveyed area of the ocean between Indonesia and Australia. "But the film is not an investigative film and it's the part about the film about which I am least qualified to speak."

After they were rescued, Amal and her fellow survivors returned to Indonesia where they stayed for seven months while authorities decided what to do with them. She was one of only seven allowed to live in Australia (the remainder settled in New Zealand and Scandinavia).

Amal came to live in Melbourne, settling in Broadmeadows. When she set out on her journey her husband Abbas had just been released on a temporary protection visa from the Woomera detention centre. He had been in no position to bring her to Australia, but equally Amal and her two sons had no future in Iran where they had gone after fleeing Saddam Hussein's government. Amal's Shiite family had suffered under Saddam's regime: one brother had been murdered for not fighting against Iran; one was killed in the Gulf War; a brother-in-law was murdered for plotting against Saddam and her husband was arrested and tortured.

Amal's family was wealthy and educated, but when another of Abbas' brothers disappeared they felt they had no choice but to leave Iraq, which they did, settling in Iran in 1997. Australia offered the opportunity for citizenship and a new future, which was not possible in Iran.

In Iran her sons could not go to school for instance. Amal decided to make the journey despite its many uncertainties. She only had enough money for two fares, and her older son Ahmed, offered to stay behind in Iran - the plan was to send for him later (he is now living in Australia).

Amal's was a journey of hope that went terribly wrong. After her many hours in the sea, she tried to drown herself but found that even with death all around it is not so easy to die. When she eventually found herself in Australia, against all odds, she believed one reason might be because she could tell people, in her eloquent English, what had happened on the SIEV-X.

"When I met Amal, here was a woman who was not going to be shut up," says Thomas. "She has a strong voice and she was going to speak out despite the fact that she was on a temporary protection visa, and many refugees on temporary protection visas are afraid to speak out. Amal never took that position. She spoke out about the boat, about the uncertainties of the boat, of the sinking. She took it upon herself to make sure that the SIEV-X disaster was not forgotten."

Thomas, who teaches documentary making at the Victorian College of Arts, said he was affected by Amal's story "in ways that I didn't necessarily understand at the time".

"I had been feeling for some time - and I think a lot of documentary makers have been feeling - that our voices are being taken away by the intervention of broadcasters and commissioning editors who, you know, pretty much show a lack of respect for the filmmaker's voice. "So there was I kind of feeling my voice was being diminished in my filmmaking. And here was Amal who had this very strong voice (and was) speaking out about what had happened to her. And it feels to me in hindsight that in a way I was getting my own voice back through giving expression to her voice."

Hope, which will premiere on Friday as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival, was funded by individual private donations, contributions and investments. Thomas says the Australian Film Commission put in some money, but no other film funding body has been interested in the project. The documentary was also influenced by Amal's interest in the fi lmmaking process; she would suggest approaches he might take. "I started out making a film about Amal and ended up making a film with Amal," says Thomas.

Amal never gave up her hope. Thomas said he felt shame about Australia's treatment of refugees, but once Amal was granted a permanent visa, she was filled with optimism about this country. "Amal had this great belief and hope in Australian democracy because of what she had experienced in Iraq. And so she would say 'I'm a free woman in a free country'."

Source: http://www.theage.com.au/news/in-depth/small-dreams/2007/08/07/1186252701272.html


Advance screening: Dendy, Brisbane; Sunday 22 June 5pm; Andrew Bartlett will introduce the film


This screening is in support of the Romero Centre fundraising efforts


Shoeab's Soccer Sessions


(l to r) Mohammed Lallee, Mohammed Peer and Musa Jasaat

Shoeab Patel, who draws on soccer skills learnt from his old home town team of Bolton Wanderers in the UK, runs Sunday training sessions for children between 6 and 13 years of age.


The free training sessions take place at Svoboda Park every Sunday at 10.00 to 11.30am.

The first session is for children between ages 10-13 and takes place at 10.00-11.00 am. The training involves different soccer skills, and general fitness work.

The second session between 11.00 -11.30am has been allocated for children ages 6-9, and will concentrate mainly on ball skills.



The children will need to come with the following: soccer boots, shin pads and a bottle of water.

Soccer balls will be provided.

GIRU Gathering to Garner Support


Members of the local Muslim community were invited to an information session at the Griffith Islamic Research Unit (GIRU) at Griffith University last Sunday.


Mustafa Kemal Omar, who chaired the meeting, explained the role of GIRU as an opportunity to develop expert knowledge, opinions and recommendations in a number of key areas that affected the Muslim community.


He made a call to the community to support the Unit through PhD scholarships and other forms of financial assistance.


Farzanah Ally spoke on the practical value of adding an Islamic qualification to a traditional degree and made an impassioned appeal to the community to get behind GIRU.


Dr. Halim Rane (the first out of the blocks from the GIRU stable, and with a meritorious dissertation to boot) had been supported through his three year candidature from community funding and there were other potential research projects and candidates waiting in the wings that also needed a financial leg up.


The evening proceedings were topped off with a dinner comprising a variety of Middle Eastern dishes.




Last week CCN reported on the speech in Parliament of Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP, regarding the issue of the Saudi funds.


State Member for Mount Gravatt, Judy Spence MP, also came to the defence of GIRU in a recent parliamentary debate.


Open day at Rockhampton


The second Open Day of the Mosque in Rockhampton will be held on 21 June.


The programme, organized by the Islamic Society of Central Queensland, will include the inauguration of the Open Day, a speech by the main speaker Dr. Mohammad Abdalla, the Director of Islamic Research Centre at Griffith University, and statements from other dignitaries.


The other guest of honour will be Prof Angela Delves, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Central Queensland University.

Attendees will be treated to a lunch which will include mixed Asian dishes followed by tea/coffee and other refreshments.

For more information contact:

Mr. Farooq Haq
Imam, Rockhampton Mosque
President, ISCQ.
Phone: 0434371737 (mobile)
Email: f.haq@cqu.edu.au


Wedding Announcement






Riaz Hanif, son of Serul Nisha and the late Muhammed Hanif and Lailaa Hussein, daughter of Yusuf and Fehmida Hussein were married at a Nikah ceremoney last week at the Algester Mosque by Moulana Aslam.


The reception too place at the G.O.S.P Hall where the 400 guest were served a home-cooked meal.

Lailaa's dress was designed by Saman Piracha of Nayna Boutique.



Report by Sgt Jim Bellos


The Queen’s Birthday long weekend was a huge success for the Queensland Police Service (QPS) and Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ), holding their fourth consecutive Multicultural Football Tournament.

Over 4500 people attended across the two days of the football tournament and community festival that finished with an exciting match between the Australian and Greek teams, with Greece winning the penalty shoot out 4-2 to take out the ECCQ/QPS Cup in 2008.

Event Coordinator and Queensland Police Sergeant Jim Bellos said the two day round robin style event was a huge success and helped to break down cultural barriers.

“The tournament aims to emphasise the spirit of sharing in a multicultural community while creating opportunities for cultural exchange,” Sgt Bellos said.

“This year we had 32 teams compete, 8 more than last year.

“The finals were held on Monday along with a community festival that highlighted the diversity in our community through performance, food, art and crafts.

“Every year the competition grows, more and more people are made aware of the benefits of living in harmony.”

Sgt Bellos said the tournament was put together to create an opportunity for different communities to come together and socialize in name of cultural exchange and sport. We all have to live together and events such as this help the various ethnic and cultural groups to understand each other and showcase their backgrounds. From this event the QPS would hope to gender further participation with all Ethnic groups in many other functions and activities.

AC for ICQ


At a fund raising dinner held at Michael's Restaurant last Friday, the Islamic Council of Queensland (ICQ) launched its latest initiative in the form of an Advisory Council (AC) to the ICQ.


A number of political and community leaders were invited to the function including Senators George Brandis and Sue Boyce, Parliamentary Secretary, Michael Choi and Federal Member for Moreton, Graham Perrett MP.


Some of the members nominated into the Advisory Committee were Dr. Daud Batchelor, Mr. Mustafa Ally, Ms. Yasmin Khan, Dr. Mohammed Hanief Khatree, Ms. Galila Abdelsalam, Mr. Dinmahomed Karim, Sultana DeenDr. Mubarak Ali Noor, Mr. Masub Ayoob, and Mr. Zaffar Iqubal.


The aim of the AC, as outlined by ICQ's President, Suliman Sabdia, was to ensure that the ICQ, would, in future, "devise and implement its policies in line with the aspirations of the various Muslim societies and associations, and according to the wishes and vision of important members of our community."


The AC would set its own objectives and goals at their first meeting. 


CAIR Warns Of Invasive Body Scans At U.S. Airports


Muslim group reminds passengers of their right to request an alternative measure


(WASHINGTON, D.C., 6/13/08) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today warned American Muslims and others concerned with personal privacy of a security procedure recently implemented by the

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that scans full-body images of passengers through their clothing, revealing intimate body parts to screeners.


According to USA Today, the body-scanning machines are being used on randomly-selected passengers at airports in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Denver, Albuquerque, and New York’s JFK airport. They are scheduled to be installed at airports in Dallas, Detroit, Las Vegas, Miami, and Reagan National Airport near Washington, D.C. this month.


SEE: 10 Airports Install Body Scanners (USA Today)


The TSA website describes the process through which the machines bounce harmless radio waves off the passenger’s body, which constructs a three-dimensional image that is projected on a monitor in the security scanner’s room. The TSA characterizes the procedure as a “voluntary alternative to a pat-down,” and says it blurs passengers’ faces and does not store the images to protect privacy.


SEE: Whole Body Imaging - Millimeter Wave


However, concerns have been raised over the level of detail shown by the machines, which are capable of projecting graphic images of a person’s body, revealing private body parts and other intimate details.


SEE: ACLU Backgrounder on Body Scanners and ‘Virtual Strip Searches’


“CAIR is working with other organizations to address the privacy issues that this technology presents,” said CAIR Civil Rights Manager Khadija Athman. “In the meantime, it is important that you know that you have the option to request a pat-down by a security officer of your gender in a private room instead of going through the body-scanning machine.”


Athman said CAIR, in cooperation with other civil rights organizations, is insisting that the TSA implement a program of fully informing passengers who volunteer for the scan of its privacy implications.



Source: CAIR American Muslim News Briefs June 13 2008

Al Aqsa - A Family Calling


ABC1 TV Tuesday 10 June 2008 Foreign Correspondent


When it comes to the call to prayer at Jerusalem’s sacred and historic Noble Sanctuary which comprises the Al Aqsa mosque and the spectacular Dome of the Rock, Naji Qazzaz has history on his side. As a muezzin - one of a select group chosen to perform the call to prayer - he’s carrying on a family tradition, a calling that stretches back more than five hundred years.

Naji Qazzaz enjoys an exalted status in Jerusalem’s Muslim community. He believes his talent, his velvet voice is a gift from God, “this job was offered to me by God. I don’t do it for the money, I’ve got it moving in my blood and my body. I could never leave it.”

Naji’s talented teenage son Firas is the latest in the family dynasty to grace the Al Aqsa mosque with his deep and resonant tones. Naji a humble man can scarcely conceal his pride and admiration, “I swear to God that I did not expect to have a son like Firas with his rich and distinctive voice and all my relatives and the people are so proud of him and they like him so much more than me.”

Naji who has already featured on Israeli radio with his readings from the Koran speaks in reverential tones about his father - “this is a great honour that God has bestowed upon me to walk with my father into the Al Aqsa mosque.”

There’s a volatile political atmosphere in the holy city. The Al Aqsa mosque is supervised and patrolled by armed Israeli soldiers and police. In fact there’s a radical Israeli group the Temple Mount faithful who want to tear down the mosque and in its place rebuild a Jewish temple destroyed by the Romans almost 2000 years ago. Firas Qazzaz’s measured and mature response is “they have hatred in their hearts for Muslims they dislike us and they keep saying that this mosque belongs to them. This group has no major presence or influence in Israeli society.”

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Source: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2008/s2264121.htm


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Copies of The Crescent





The Research Committee of the Centenary Celebrations of the Holland Park Mosque seeks your help in locating copies of The Crescent Newsletter which the late Imam Abdul Raheem Rane initiated, editorialized and produced each month starting in October 1966.


If you have copies of any of the old as well as the more recent issues we would be most grateful if we could lay our hands on them if only for long enough for us to make photocopies.


A list of the missing issues can be downloaded from here.


Please call Mustafa Ally on 0402 026 786 or email him at Mustafa.Ally@crescentsofbrisbane.org if you can help with this and any other information related to The Crescent.


No False Starts for Our Flying Dentist


Anver Omar (the haggard looking one in the picture on the right) takes off on the 90km South African Comrades Marathon run today (Sunday 15 June 5.30am (RSA time) and 1.30pm (Brisbane time)).


Some 50 Oasis Crescents runners will be reading Fijir at 5.25am in congregation next to a lined up mass of 11,000 runners limbering up to the sound of Chariots of Fire.


This year it will be an uphill run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.


By entering his name you can track Anver (not Enver, not Anwer, just Anver) Omar via the Comrades website: www.comrades.com.


Good luck Anver! (or is that Anwar or Enver?!)



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


This week

A CCN Reader 

recommends The White Tiger by Aravid Adiga

Unlike almost any other Indian novel you might have read in recent years, this page-turner offers a completely bald, angry, unadorned portrait of the country as seen from the bottom of the heap; there's not a sniff of saffron or a swirl of sari anywhere... The Indian tourist board won't be pleased, but you'll read it in a trice and find yourself gripped.' Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times

Meet Balram Halwai, the `White Tiger': servant, philosopher, entrepreneur, murderer... Born in a village in the dark heart of India, the son of a rickshaw puller, Balram is taken out of school by his family and put to work in a teashop. As he crushes coal and wipes tables, he nurses a dream of escape.

His big chance comes when a rich village landlord hires him as a chauffeur for his son. Arriving in Delhi with his new master, Balram's re-education begins, as he learns of a new morality at the heart of a new India. As the other servants flick through the pages of Murder Weekly, Balram begins to see how the Tiger might escape his cage. For surely any successful man must spill a little blood on his way to the top?

The White Tiger is a tale of two Indias. Balram's journey from the darkness of village life to the light of entrepreneurial success is utterly amoral, brilliantly irreverent, deeply endearing and altogether unforgettable.


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Kareema's Keep Fit Column




Q: Dear Kareema, you mentioned a little while ago that walking is probably the easiest form of exercise to start off with and to maintain (which I'm glad to say I've done). Where to from here?



A: Great job! If you want to keep on building stronger legs, it's time to incorporate some slow jogging into your routine. You can then gradually progress to running as the weeks go by. Remember correct posture and technique, wear proper fitting shoes and don't constantly run on hard surfaces. Enjoy and keep us updated



My Health and Fitness

Tel: 0404 844 786

(Accredited Member of Fitness Queensland)



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


Shawerma (Saudi Arabian Style)

Any resemblance between the gentleman in the photo and CCN's Man-on-the-Mussalaah is entirely coincidental


9 kilos of beef from a sirlion tip or boneless leg of veal
9 kilos boneless lamb
500 grams of lamb fat (From tail)
1 large firm tomato
1 large green pepper
small loaves of Arabic bread
Marinade Sauce 3 bay leaves
1/2 cup of salt
3 onions chopped
3 lemons sliced
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of ground cardamon seed
1 1/2 teaspoons of nutmeg
20 cloves of garlic
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
2 cups of water
1 cup of lemon juice
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/2 cup of olive oil
tabasco to taste



  1. Slice the meat into even-sized rounds (12-15 cm.) about 2 1/2 cm. thick. Crush the first seven marinade ingredients in a large brass mortar.

  2. Transfer the contents of the mortar to a large bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.

  3. Work the marinade well into the meat and fat. Refrigerate overnight.

  4. Remove the meat from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.

  5. A long, very heavy spit is used to stack the slices of meat, interspersing every 8 layers with a slice of lamb fat.

  6. Begin with the larger of your slices, and decorate the top of the spit with the tomato and pepper.

  7. As the meat broils, crave off the edges and serve it in bread with sliced tomatoes, onions, tahini sauce or yoghurt, mint, parsley leaves and pickle slices.

Source http://www.islamchannel.tv/


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 and two other fathers were in a hospital waiting room, waiting for their babies to be born.

The first nurse comes out and tells one of the fathers, "Congratulations you're the father of twins!" He says, “Great! I am the manager of the Twin Towers”

The second nurse comes out and tells the other father, "Congratulations you're the father of triplets”! He says, "That's cool! I work for 3M."

Mula Nasruddin opens the window and jumps out.

The third nurse comes out, and asks, “Where's Mula Nasruddin?"

One of the other fathers said, "Oh he jumped out the window.”

The nurse asks, "Why?"

He replied, "He works for Seven Up!"


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Quran Competition

Sounds of Light 2008


Family Fund Raiser Dinner

Ladies Come and Try Program

Towards Common Ground

Yusuf Estes

Islam Exposed



World Refugee Day

Refugee Week: Griffith University


The CCN Date Claimer






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19 June


QPS/MUSLIM Reference Group Meeting


Queensland Police Service


QLD Police Service Regional Office, Level 1, 1993 Logan Road, Upper Mt Gravatt 0438 114 619

6.30pm to 7.30pm

19 June


Celebrating Refugee Week


Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Multi-faith Centre, Griffith University 3735 7052

7.15pm to 9.30pm

22 June


Annual Qur'an Recitation Competition

Islamic Council of Qld

Islamic College of Brisbane, 45 Acacia Rd, Karawatha

0433 354 786

9am to 2pm

27 June


Sounds Of Light 2008

Human Appeal International in affiliation with Hope For Happiness

Concert Hall, QPAC
South Bank

0405 230 305


5 July


Family Fund Raiser Dinner: AlNoor Mosque


Darra Mosque
219 Douglas Street, Oxley

0412 732031


16 July


Muslim Women Conference

Towards Common Ground

Government House – Paddington


9am to 4.30pm

22 August


IWAQ Client/Carer Dinner




Kuraby Special School 3272 6355


30 August


Holland Park Mosque Centenary Celebrations

Holland Park Mosque Management Committee


0431 300 111


1/2 September



Start of Ramadaan

29/30 September



End of Ramadaan

30 Sept. / 1 Oct.




4 October


Annual Eid Dinner

Muslim Business Network (MBN)


0418 722 353


11 October



Eidfest Committee

Mt Gravatt Showgrounds

0402 819 197

10am to 10pm

18 October


Annual Eid Nite

Islamic Society of Darra

Darra Mosque 219 Douglas St Oxley

0418 757 157


18 October


IWAQ's Annual Ladies Night 2008

Jas & Susan

Greek Orthodox Hall, Creek Road

0404 433 702

6pm (TBC)

25 October


Crescents 'Pink Ribbon Breakfast'

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297

10am to 1pm

8/9 December




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Contact: 0421 731 797 Time: 6.45pm to 7.45pm

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