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Sunday, 18 January 2009

 .Newsletter 0219


News you won't find on CNN!



Gaza Wheelchair Appeal


Plans to ship a container load of wheelchairs and crutches was this week initiated by local Brisbane businessman Mr. Ismail Cajee for the people of Gaza who are in dire need of medical aid supplies.

This project is supported by overseas manufacturers who have subsidized the cost of manufacturing especially for this appeal.

The recent success that Human Appeal International has had in getting hospital beds through the border to Gaza has given impetus to this campaign.



A 1x20 foot container consisting of 120 wheelchairs and about 1500 crutches are ready and waiting to leave China (direct from the manufacturer). This container is booked to leave China on 5 February.

The cost of each wheelchair is around AU$70.00 and the cost for each pair of crutches is around AU$12.00.
The total cost of the first container is around $30 000 including shipping costs.

Mr. Cajee told CCN that if they were successful with this appeal through the collection of donations, and the container reaches the people of Gaza than he hoped to repeat this exercise as there was confirmed continued support from all parties involved.

Local businessman and a tireless and passionate worker for the community Mr. Farouk Adam is leading the drive to raise the funds and said he was overwhelmed by the support for the project with donations coming in from around the country and overseas.

To make a donation you can deposit the money into the Kuraby Mosque Charity Account:
Account name : Islamic Charitable Trust Fund
BSB/Acc Number : 064162 / 10311340
Institution : Commonwealth Bank

Very Important: Your Donation MUST BE accompanied by the reference word GAZA in order for your money to be directed to the correct fund raising appeal.

Progress details of this appeal will be posted on the notice boards of the Kuraby Mosque.

Rudd Petitioned in his Home Town


On Thursday, some 2000 signed petitions were dropped off at the Brisbane offices of the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, by the Brisbane-based Justice of Peace committee calling on his Government to act on the deteriorating situation in the Gaza.


The Age: The troubles in Gaza knocked on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's door on Thursday as children delivered nearly 2,000 letters asking him to intervene to stop the killing.

The children, all Australian-born and of Palestinian descent, were backed by a vocal but orderly group of demonstrators outside Mr Rudd's Brisbane electorate office.

The letters and petitions call for an end to Australian support of Israel, including cutting all economic, diplomatic, cultural and political ties.

One of the protesters, Ibrahim, 14, told the demonstrators that Israel was a bully "and should stop being cowardly".

A protest organiser, Mr Abdalla, said the issue of Israel's invasion of Gaza was a humanitarian catastrophe rather than a political issue.

"The Palestinians have collectively and democratically elected Hamas, and for that they're being collectively punished," he said.

"International law is being violated every day and Australia is doing nothing."

His comments were refuted by Mr Rudd's office.

Mr Abdalla said that by not condemning Israel, the Prime Minister compared unfavourably with former Labor foreign minister Doc Evatt, who helped found the United Nations and, as president of the General Assembly, was instrumental in the formulation of the landmark Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

"Tragically (Mr Rudd has) not lived up to the example of Dr Evatt," he said.

He said Israel had "spat in the face of the international community" by ignoring UN resolutions.

"Faced with the daily images of civilians slaughtered by Israel, of Israeli warplanes dropping white phosphorous and cluster bombs on one of the most densely populated areas of the world, contravening the Geneva Convention and breaching many other international laws, how can Kevin Rudd and his government say not one word against Israel?" Mr Abdalla said.

He said the demonstrations would continue this weekend ... and into the future.





Justice for Palestine has intensified its commitment to be a voice for the victims of Gaza on the streets of Brisbane. This commitment includes speak outs for the people of Gaza at 5:00pm on Friday 23rd January in Brisbane Square as well as another rally in Queen's Park at 12 noon on Saturday 24th January.


See the CCN Facebook for more details and related stories.


The Rally at Queen's Park yesterday (Saturday 17 January) attracted over 300 protesters who took to the streets of the CBD after listening to speeches at the Park.


Mareeba Muslims Raise Funds for Gaza

Report by CCN's Regional Reporter


The plight of the Palestinians suffering in Gaza was heard by a group of compassionate girls in Far North Queensland.


The young ladies decided to hold a community fundraising evening to raise awareness and money for the Gaza Relief.


The small Mareeba Islamic Community rallied behind the cause and turned out in force for a hastily, but well organised dinner.


A major coup for the organisers however, was the attendance of Brisbane local Dr Mohamad Abdalla. The religious identity was quite eager to speak at the function and arrived with five other Brisbane locals to assist the Mareeba community in their fundraising efforts.

The entertaining talk was not a political statement, but a balanced account of the history of the Gaza area, and our responsibilities as caring Muslims. The underlying statement throughout the talk was the idea that it was not a Muslims against Jews war but indeed a human catastrophe. He also congratulated the community for keeping their hearts alive to the difficulties facing their fellow Muslims.

The Mareeba Mosque is one of the oldest in Queensland and the Islamic Community there although relatively small, has a major Albanian influence.


Approximately 150 people attended the function and the organisers made Islamic art work, and t shirts to help raise money. Also on sale was Islamic CDs and clothing, and there was a long line up of children for quick mendhi decorations.


With all food and drinks donated by locals, over $4000 was raised on the evening and all money raised will be sent to Human Appeal International.


Tea with Amla


The South African cricket team flew into Brisbane on Monday for the 20/20 against Australia.


Local fans and expatriates caught up with the Natal batting star Hashim Amla, and team managers Goolam Rajah and Mohammed Moosajee.


Unveiling Islamophobia on 4BC


Courier Mail: A BRISBANE radio announcer's controversial call for a ban on the wearing of Islamic hijabs has been backed by the Retailers Association.

The peak national body has called for all hijabs, helmets and hoodies to be banned in shops and banks for security purposes.

Brisbane radio presenter Michael Smith (pictured right) angered listeners after calling for Muslim women who wear a hijab to be fined.

The 4BC drive presenter, a former Victorian policeman, said on Wednesday that wearing the hijab or burka posed a security risk because it obscured the face, making it difficult to identify the wearer in the instance of a crime.

Smith said it should be made an offence.

The radio station may have to explain why it should keep its licence after Smith was accused of making anti-Islamic comments on air.

Retailers Association executive director Scott Driscoll said it had been a long accepted practice to require customers to remove helmets and other identity obscuring headwear when entering a shop or bank.

"Retailers should not have to fear any form of retribution or backlash for requiring the removal of any obscuring headwear, including hijabs, as a condition of entry," Mr Driscoll said.

"This is about ensuring a more safe and secure retail environment for all and being able to readily identify any and all perpetrators of armed hold-ups or shop theft."

Islamic Council of Queensland president Suliman Sabdia said he was disappointed by Smith's remarks.

"He has every right to say it but we do say he displays intolerance, and a complete lack of understanding of the Muslim code of conduct," Mr Sabdia said.

Smith called for Muslim women who wear an Islamic hijab in public to be fined for offensive behaviour.

He made the remarks on-air and on the 4BC website, saying: "Any reasonable person would find this offensive."

Under the Commercial Radio Code of Practice, a licensee must not broadcast a program likely to incite hatred against or vilify any person or group on the basis of age, ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, sexual preference, religion, or disability.

Christine Donnelly from the Australian Communications and Media Authority said Smith's comments could be a breach of the Code of Practice.

4BC general manager David McDonald said Smith's remarks were not intended to be anti-religion or anti-Muslim.



Audios of interviews on 4BC


  Silma Ihram (The new principal of the Australian International Islamic College (Durack))


  Ikebal Patel


  Yasmin Khan





Groups say veil ban unlawful, unfairly targets Muslims


Readers' Comment: Retailers back call for hijab ban


Michael Smith's blog: Face coverings



Press Releases


Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia: Fecca condemns shameful hijab ban proposal


Australian Retailers Association: Retailers horrified at uneducated calls to ban hijab


AFIC: HIJAB - A Religious Obligation


Graham Perrett MP: Perrett appalled by calls for hijab ban





SECA Project


This year the ECCQ's Strengthening Ethnic Community Associations (SECA) project will be conducting a series of workshops on “Project Management” for community associations.


These workshops will be held bi-monthly beginning in February (see details by clicking on image).


The regular workshops on “Effective Leadership of a Community Association” will continue.

As a part of their ongoing initiatives to support the development and efficient functioning of community associations, SECA is also interested in meeting members of the new and emerging ethnic communities to learn more about their associations, activities, achievements, challenges and future plans.


It is very keen to hear their stories, share their successes, and explore opportunities to provide support and forge partnerships.


Email Sharon Malebogo Orapeleng at seca@eccq.com.au or call 3844 9166 for more information.


Australia-Indonesia Muslim Exchange


Applications are invited from young Australian Muslim leaders to travel to Indonesia in the first half of 2009 under the Australia-Indonesia Muslim Leaders Exchange.

The Exchange was established by the Australia-Indonesia Institute in 2002 to enable young Muslim leaders in Australia and Indonesia to visit each others' countries for approximately two weeks to meet Muslims and non-Muslims, to exchange views and to share experiences.

Since 2002, 74 young Indonesian Muslim leaders have visited Australia and 23 young Australian Muslims leaders have travelled to Indonesia.

All costs are covered for the visit to Indonesia. Applications are due by 13 February 2009. Applicants should be between 21 and 40, and an active member of the Muslim community in Australia.

The Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) supports a range of people-to-people exchanges aimed at promoting greater mutual awareness. The Muslim Leaders Exchange Program is intended to raise the level of informed opinion about Islam in both countries, increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and faiths in Australia and Indonesia, and encourage the development of links between Australian and Indonesian Muslims.

The Exchange is managed by the Islamic Council of Victoria with the support of the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne.

How to apply


From the IWAQ Desk.......


Ladies of ALL ages! Have you always wanted to swim, but never found the right facility or program available?


The Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland has successfully been conducting regular swimming lessons for Muslim girls and women since October and are continually receiving new swimmers to participate in the program.


You’re never too young or old to take part in this rare opportunity, as we have seen from our swimmers.


Whether you are suffering from back pain, joint pain, the strains of pregnancy or simply the heat of summer, this program is for you and we are encouraging ALL Muslim women to participate.


Our registered swimming instructor has vast knowledge in swim safety and has done a wonderful job of introducing our registered swimmers to the water and getting them to confidently swim for the first time in their lives, an essential skill in which many Muslim women have regretfully ignored, until now.


This program isn’t just for beginners, though. Women of all levels are participating in this program and are enjoying the benefits of exercise, relaxation/relief and refreshment. 


The program runs twice a week with hour long classes 3 times a day, making it easy for women to take time off to refresh and unwind. 


If all that doesn’t convince you that our swimming program will benefit you, then perhaps this will...


Did you know that swimming is not only fun but can also dramatically improve lung capacity, blood pressure, muscle tone, posture, general physical appearance, ability to relax and the overall physical and mental well-being of all swimmers.


If you would like to know more about the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland’s swimming program, then make contact with one of their  friendly office staff or the program coordinator: Mareym Elshemy through maryam_elshemy@y7mail.com.


Matt Groening defends Simpsons over Muslim plot


The Simpsons creator Matt Groening has defended a controversial storyline in the comedy cartoon which sees Homer Simpson accuse his Muslim neighbours of terrorism.

In a forthcoming episode of the long-running show, dad Homer Simpson convinces friends that a Middle Eastern family is plotting to blow up a shopping mall.

But he is proved wrong when it turns out the family's father, Amid, works in demolition.

When the Simpsons have their Muslim neighbours over for dinner, Homer shows his ignorance of Islam, calling Allah "Oliver" and holy book The Koran "The Corona".

A spokesperson for Britain's The Islamic Cultural Centre & The London Central Mosque slammed the episode, telling UK newspaper the Daily Star, "I hope Muslims take no notice of the show."

But Groening has come out in defence of the episode, saying, "Cartoons deal in stereotypes. We try to be sensitive."


Gunshot victim who 'didn't fear anything' buried


Outside Auburn Mosque

HE SURVIVED the bloody Bosnian massacres and was hit by shrapnel at the age of six, but fate could not protect Edin "Boz" Smajovic from the shot that pierced his heart.

Smajovic was shot once after he and another man stormed into Macarthur Auto Centre in Campbelltown and fired at its owner. The ethnic Bosnian 23-year-old, a member of the Picton chapter of the Rebels Motorcycle Club, was buried at Riverstone Cemetery.

"For him, [being a Rebel] was big stuff and that's what probably killed him. He didn't fear [anything]," said the president of the Australian Bosnian and Herzegovinian Cultural Association, Hasan Alijagic.

More than 300 members of the Rebels - including their high-profile national president, Alex Vella - arrived at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque to pay their respects.

Cavalcade of Harleys and cars proceed to the Cemetery

As the heavily tattooed Rebels - thick beards, mohawks, and draped in heavy gold and silver jewellery - milled around in the sweltering afternoon heat, the metal coffin, draped in a green cloth with golden Koranic script, was taken into the mosque and a traditional Islamic service began.

About 150 club members remained outside the packed mosque, seeking shelter under the shade of trees. Hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and other muscle bikes stood in double rows along an entire street block.

After the service, as the coffin was driven to Riverstone Cemetery, a procession of Rebels members riding two abreast followed, riding without their helmets, a funeral tradition known as "dipping the lid".

At the cemetery more than 400 people crowded around as Smajovic's body was removed from the coffin and placed in the ground.

Full Article

Household Goods For Sale


Family, formerly of London and now of Australia, are emigrating to South Africa and are selling off ALL their household goods at half price or less.


All goods must go by Tuesday.


Outdoor Patio Furniture

BBQ 5 Burner

Sofa three piece

Bedroom suite with tall boy and bedside cabinets

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Freezer Electrolux Kelvinator

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Click on the items above for more information or call Bilkish on 0423 788110 or email anveromar@aol.com.



AFIC Affairs

Around the Muslim World with CCN


Portugal cardinal warns of marriage with Muslims 


Portugal's Cardinal Jose Policarpo has warned young women in the predominantly Catholic nation against marrying Muslims.


"The advice that I give to young Portuguese girls is – be careful with relationships, think twice about marrying Muslims," the patriarch of Lisbon said.

"It is getting into a pile of troubles, that not even Allah knows where would end."

Policarpo made the statement at a gathering on Tuesday evening in a well-known casino that organises meetings of public figures with paying guests. His comments were repeated on several television stations on Wednesday.

Read the rest....


Faith leaders promote dialogue


VATICAN CITY: Religious leaders must work to prevent fanaticism, promote dialogue and stem violence, Catholic and Muslim representatives said.

Two dozen members of a dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and the World Islamic Call Society met late last year at the Vatican to discuss "the responsibilities of religious leaders, especially in times of crisis".

Pope Benedict XVI met briefly with the participants.

In their final statement, the participants said religious leaders had a special responsibility toward young people.

Religious leaders must work to ensure the young "do not fall victim to religious fanaticism and radicalism" by providing them with a sound education and helping them become "bridge builders and peacemakers", the statement said.

Read the rest....



Jilted wife takes on Indian Army 


A 20-year old semiliterate Afghan woman has taken on the Indian Army after being ditched by one of its officers who married her under false pretences during a posting in her home town of Kabul three years ago.

Sabra Khan's persistence has resulted in a preliminary military court ruling that Major Chandrasekhar Pant of the Army Medical Corps be charged with bigamy and converting to Islam without prior official permission.

"I don't want him back in my life," Khan said. "He tried to buy me out of the marriage. I threw the offer back at him, telling him that money cannot buy my love or my forgiveness.

"Now I want him punished."

The 40-year old Indian officer married Khan after he offered to convert from a Hindu to a Muslim, changing his name to Himmat Khan.

But just a fortnight after the wedding Pant returned home,

Read the rest....



Ribery, Altintop make Mecca pilgrimage 



Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery (pictured left) and teammate Hamit Altintop made a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca after a friendly in Saudi Arabia.

The club's Web site published a photo of the two players wearing the white robes of pilgrims as they rejoined the team at the airport in Jeddah before returning to Germany.

Ribery, who is French, converted to Islam in 2006 assuming the name Bilal, and Altintop is a Turk.




Afghanistan fielding cricket World Cup dream 



A place in the 2011 World Cup would be one way of giving the people of war-torn Afghanistan some joy and solace, says the country's cricket captain Nowroz Mangal.

"Playing in the 2011 World Cup is a dream for us and we know what it would mean to our people. For us cricket is not just a sport, it is much more," he said.

Despite their inexperience, Afghanistan have already won the International Cricket Council (ICC) world division league four and five tournaments in New Jersey and Tanzania last year.

Read the rest....




French prosecutors probe alleged racist attack


PARIS: Judicial officials say Paris prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of violence against three youths of north African origin by suspected members of a hardline pro-Israel group.

The violence allegedly took place on Thursday outside a Paris high school where suspected members of the Jewish Defence League were handing out leaflets.

The anti-racism group MRAP wants French authorities to punish those responsible and ban the "far-right" league that is "banned in Israel itself."

The officials spoke on Tuesday, a day after the interior minister reported a "very clear increase" in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks in France since the start of new Middle East violence.




Homegrown hip hop catches on in northern Nigeria 


Broke and with time on his hands, Naziru Hausawa, an unemployed biology graduate, decided to introduce his own blend of rap and hip hop to the most conservative city in Nigeria's Muslim north, Kano, where authorities wage war against immoral western culture.

That was six years ago. Now Hausawa, 28, is the proud owner of the Golden Goose recording studio, thus named because of the amount of money it brings in.

Some 60 studios, recording home-made rap and hip hop, have sprung up since 2002 in Kano, Nigeria's northern commercial capital, and have turned out 50 albums and hundreds of singles.

Read the rest....


The Inbox


Dear Friends,

I’m emailing you to ask if you would like to be in a new music video I’m making with a friend of mine. It’s called Earth Anthem, and it’s a fun celebration of what it means to be part of the human family. It will be released on Youtube to promote ideas of unity and sharing between people of diverse cultures.

The quick 2 hour video shoot involves a multicultural / family outdoor scene. I believe you can bring a wonderful spirit to the scene.

For those interested, here are the details:
When: 2:45pm, Saturday 17th January. (The shoot will go for about 2 (maximum 2½) hours. Refreshments/snacks will be provided for everyone.)
Where: Ekibin Park, Corner of Pine Street and Juliette St, Greenslopes (meet at the blue marquee, near the carpark.)
Bring: You, in your most colourful / ethnic clothes and an instrument if you have one

***Please bring your children!! – We have some tiny pianos and xylophones for them to play.

If you are keen, please respond to aaron_nebauer@hotmail.com asap. I will call you to confirm.


Be excellent,
P.S. Any questions please call me on 0404 897 688

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


This week



Palestine Peace Not Apartheid

Jimmy Carter


In this book Carter argues that "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East."

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid was a New York Times Best Seller.

During his time in the White House, the 39th president of the United States (1977 to 1981), helped negotiate the Camp David Accords, which secured a lasting peace between Israel and Egypt. I In 2002, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

"A provocative and all too accurate diagnosis of why the Israeli-Palestinian impasse still festers twenty-five years after [Carter] left the White House....Timely and refreshing for its candor."
- Philip C. Wilcox, Jr., National Catholic Reporter


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

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


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


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


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

The CCN Readers' Book Club

CCN Reader's Discussion Forum

Kareema's Keep Fit Column



Q: Dear Kareema, My husband and I are social golfers and the one aspect of our game we would both like to improve on are our tee-shots (drives).

We do a lot of push-ups and dips to strengthen our arms. Can you suggest other exercises we can do which will strengthen / challenge our arms?





A: Why not strengthen your whole upper body instead of just concentrating on your arms.


This may help you improve on not only your tee-shots, but your entire game.


Try activities such as kayaking and rock climbing which will see you get fitter, and have your limbs so toned, you'll be proud of yourself!


It could also be some quality time you guys spend together (other than golfing), as you enjoy the great outdoors!! N-JOY



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.


KB's Culinary Corner





4 - 5 granny Smith apples - 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon - ¼ cup brown sugar.
• Peel and core the apples
• Slice them thickly and place in a 1 litre oven proof pudding dish
• Mix the cinnamon and the sugar and sprinkle over the apples

125g butter or margarine - ¾ cup brown sugar - 2 eggs - 1 cup self-raising flour - ½ teaspoon almond essence - ¼ cup milk - 2 tablespoon flaked almonds (for decoration)
• Cream butter and sugar
• Beat in eggs
• Add flour, essence and milk
• Spread the mixture over the apples
• Sprinkle flaked almonds over
• Bake at 180 degrees C for about 35 minutes
• The apples will be tender and the sponge well risen and golden brown
• Dredge with icing sugar and serve with ice cream

Do you have a recipe to share with CCN readers?
Send in your favourite recipe to ccn@crescentsofbrisbane.org and be our "guest chef" for the week.


The CCN Chuckle



Once, the people of the city invited Mula Nasruddin to deliver a speech.


When he got on the minbar (pulpit), he found the audience was not very enthusiastic, so he asked "Do you know what I am going to say?"


The audience replied "NO", so he announced


"I have no desire to speak to people who don't even know what I will be talking about" and he left.


The people felt embarrassed and called him back again the next day.


This time when he asked the same question, the people replied "YES"


So Mula Nasruddin said, "Well, since you already know what I am going to say, I won't waste any more of your time" and he left.


Now the people were really perplexed.


They decided to try one more time and once again invited the Mula to speak the following week.


Once again he asked the same question - "Do you know what I am going to say?"


Now the people were prepared and so half of them answered "YES" while the other half replied "NO".


So Mula Nasruddin said "The half who know what I am going to say, tell it to the other half" and he left!

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Circus Skills

Bald Hills Madrassah


Interfaith Summit

Girls Swimming

IWAQ Swimming


Harmony Day

Fund Raiser


The CCN Date Claimer






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22 January


Circus Skills

MYServices & Al-Nisa

Logan City PCYC, Jacaranda Avenue, Logan Central

0402 529 395


18-21 February


Interfaith Summit

Griffith University Multi-faith Centre

Brisbane City Council
Conference Hall

3735 7051/2

All day

18 February


MBN: Annual General Meeting

Muslim Business Network

Runcorn Tavern, Gowan Road




21 March


Harmony Day Fund Raiser Dinner: Milperra High School

Crescents of Brisbane, Kuraby and Chinese Lions

Michael's Restaurant

0402 026 786


28 March


Kuraby Madrasah Fund Raiser Dinner

Kuraby Madrasah

Sacred Heart Centre, 80 Nemies Rd, RUNCORN

0422 191 675


2 May


Annual Fete

Islamic College of Brisbane

ICOB, Karawatha

0402 794 253

11am to 7pm

17 May



Crescents of Brisbane

Orleigh Park, West End

0402 026 786

7am to 1pm

24 October


Breast Cancer Awareness

Crescents of Brisbane


0404 296 297



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





The ladies taleem has concluded for this year. Further notice will be given in the New Year.


Sunnah Inspirations


Contact: 0408 270 421

University of Queensland,
323 Hawken Drive, St. Lucia

Every Monday

Event: Weekly Learning Circle: Sharh Riyad-us-Saliheen (An Explanation of 'Gardens of the Righteous'

Venue: Prayer Room, University of Queensland

Time: 6.45pm to 7.30pm


Every Friday

Subject: Fiqh Made Easy

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 6.30pm to 7.35pm

Every Friday

Subject: Tafseer al Qur'an (Explanation of the Qur'an)

Venue: Room E215 Building 1 (Forgan Smith), University of Queensland

Time: 7.45pm to 9pm


Sunnah Inspirations is a non-profit organisation to cater for Muslim social support and supplying information to Muslims and non-Muslims.  They have been doing various activities around Australia, and have organised Da'wah information stalls at various universities in Brisbane.  More info can be found on their website above.


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Queensland Muslim Historical Society Inc.

     Promoting the study and awareness of the rich history of the Muslims of Queensland


Young Muslims of Queensland

     Social network for young Muslims of Brisbane


Sunnah Inspirations

     Providing information about Islam - its beliefs, culture, practices, dispelling misconceptions


Kuraby Mosque


Holland Park Mosque



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


Gold Coast Mosque


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.



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